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Windows 7: RAID1 split drives, now can't see erased HDD

16 Jul 2012   #11

Win 7 64 bit, service pack 1

Yes, I press ctrl+F to get into RAID setup. Went there and drive was listed as [S.M.A.R.T.] (same as the rest). I couldn't figure out how to see if it was RAID ready.
I think I have gotten it worked out. I switched it to a non-RAID port as F5ing suggested and was able to boot into windows7. When I went to Disk Management, it was shown, but was "offline" ("because it has a signature collision with another disk that is online"). I right clicked on the disk name in Disk Management and then clicked "online". After this a windows box popped up asking me if I wanted to format the drive. It formatted and is functioning like any typical drive now.
I suspect I could move it back to a RAID port and then let RAIDXpert rebuild the RAID (copy all the info to it from the other drive) without a problem. The real question if whether to stop using the RAID and just leave it as is. I can set the disk up to do automatic backups. What is the downside of leaving the RAID as "critical" and just running it as is? I'll get regular reminders to deal with, but is there any other problem with leaving it? Is there any way to stop the RAID and make it go away? In the RAID setup, I can find an option to delete the RAID array, but it says it will delete all info on the HD.

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16 Jul 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It split the RAID array for a reason. Do you have an AMD folder in your Windows Start Menu? Or a RAIDXpert? I think you've probably got an application somewhere on your machine that'll launch a browser-based interface to manage the RAID. If you do, you should be able to access detailed error logs to find out why it split the drives to begin with.

Although it may be just fine leaving it as is (if "critical" is only the result of losing the companion disk and the remaining disk is healthy) I would worry about any future recovery that might need to be undertaken. And the constant reminder of the warnings would bother the hell out of me. And what happens if a new error is detected and you mistake the warning for the same old error you've by now grown used to.
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 RAID1 split drives, now can't see erased HDD

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