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Windows 7: Raid 0 Repair

13 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Raid 0 Repair


I have an
ASUS P8Z86-V PRO/GEN3 Motherboard
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz
OCZ Agility3, bios 2.15 (Updated) SSD Boot
Western Digital WD2002FAEX 2TB Drive
Western Digital WD30EZRX 3 TB Drive
3 Raided Western Digital 2TB = 5.5 TB Raid Drive

I was doing a windows reinstall, flashing my bios, and renaming my drive from D>E, G>N etc to put everything back to how I normally would have everything setup.

Upon the next boot, I noticed that one of my raid drive volume was missing.

It shows up in the boot screen as being non-raid, and the raid volume shows an error, missing drive.

I know the data is on the drive, and there will be data loss, but how can initialize the drive back to a Raid drive in the volume.

When I go into Windows > Manage > Disk Managment and click on the drive it wants me to re-initialize the drive or to format it, I know if I do this I will definitely wipe the MBR and really mess up the drive.

I read somewheres that I could:
1) Back up the MBR for each of the 3 drives in my Raid 0 volume
2) Delete the volume, recreate a new one with the same parameters.
3) Restore the MBR for each drive
4) Attempt a recovery from there.

What software would I use to backup/restore the MBR?

Does anyone have a better solution?

I tried using a Raid Recovery software package, but because my one drive is not showing up, it is not able to use it for consideration.

Is there a way to reinitialize the drive without erasing the MBR or reformating it?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Apr 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64


This sounds like a hardware RAID0 (created in the BIOS), and the only way to add a disk back into a RAID is from within the RAID configuration tools within the BIOS.

However, I'm unsure if you can rebuild the RAID this way ... I think there is a very strong possibility that the 3 disks will simply be wiped, and a new fresh RAID will be built from scratch.

You will need to reserach the type of configuration tools in your BIOS to work out how to proceed.

Good luck,
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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