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Windows 7: Can I fix an ex-RAID drive designation?

15 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7/10 64 bit
Can I fix an ex-RAID drive designation?

I had a RAID 1 configuration but it went belly up after this past Tuesday's Microsoft patches. Fortunately the primary drive was OK and I was able to change from RAID to IDE in the BIOS. But now, the primary and slave RAID drives still have their "Volume 000" when I first boot and in the BIOS (I have an Intel Motherboard) both drives are shown as "00.2" rather than the hard drive capacity (e.g. 1TB).

Is there anything I can do, short of a low level format and complete reinstall of Win 7 (on the one drive?) for these two ex-RAID drives. I have reformatted the second (shadow) raid drive and it's completely empty.

I'm not going to use RAID, I've had several problems since going to it, and I have Acronis True Image that I use for complete hard drive backups so it's not a major problem to rebuild if needed (except this time since the "before RAID" backup is several months old.

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15 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64

What I have done is delete the RAID 1 during the boot sequence (after pressing CNTRL +I), however only have one of the RAID drives connected in case you have any issues.

Reset to RAID in the BIOS first.

By the way, the warnng about all data being deleted pertains to a RAID 0, not a RAID 1 mirror (for Intel anyway). This will set the drive back to normal.

You can also do it in the Intel Rapid Storage Utility if it is installed.

The repeat the process for the other drive.

If you don't care about the data in the off chance that something goes wrong, just delete the RAID with both connected.
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15 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7/10 64 bit

I don't have any problem with the Intel Rapid Storage Utility - it won't start with IDE set in the BIOS and I have it turned off now that I no longer have RAID. It's just the designations on the drives. Instead of showing the actual size of the drives, such as 500GB, it displays in the BIOS, as I noted, "00.2"
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