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Massive trouble with HDs, RAID, Intel Rapid Storage

Last night I attempted to fix my Intel Rapid Storage by changing something in the bios. I only changed one or two things and it seemed to work and then everything failed. my computer spent hours doing the checkdsk "moving orphaned files" thing and then I finally got back on my computer again.

Before I was running a 60gb SSD that Windows is on, and two 1tb haddrives for my D: drive

Somehow my D drive is empty now and says NTFS, and I now have an F drive with all the data from my computer and is functioning normally, but there is still a whole harddrive missing. The goal was to have it in Raid1 so one harddrive would be mirrored but I dont think that ever worked. I did not set up this computer.

any help or insights would be very greatly appreciated
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  1. Personally I would ditch the RAID idea and just copy any important data you need from one drive to the other if you want to secure against a single drive failure. The only time you really need a RAID setup is if you need the volume to not fail while you are using it. Also, if you are using consumer level drives then RAID is almost always guaranteed to cause you more problems than it's worth. I use AllWay Sync to do this, but any synching software will work and is far easier to manage (plus you don't lose half of your space in case you want to use it for something).

    In fact in my own machine I use a 60GB SSD with SRT on a 1TB spinning disk and a second 1TB spinning disk which stores a second copy of things like family photos or important data.

    Also, you still want to backup your data. RAID or even two copies of something in the same machine is never a replacement for an actual backup procedure if you want to ensure you keep data safe.
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    Hi

    What were you trying to fix ?
    If error messages from raid bios maybe there is physical damage to one disk

    If yo do not know what changes you made how can any one help you

    If you look in Disk Management

    Via control panel Administrative tools computer management
    What do you see
    Give disk names , sizes etc

    I guess you see 3 drives first c: 60gb SSD , blank 1tb drive data d:, 1tb drive f: with your data lastly DVD drive e:

    Previously both 1 TB drives showed as raid 1 (mirror)


    I hope you have a recent backup of what was on raid drives as I expect fixing raid requires wiping drives as part of re creating the raid disk from 2 hard drives

    Maybe leaving to non raid. Drives is best


    Best of luck

    Mike Barnes
  3. +1 ^^^^

    I use SyncBack Free to copy critical data to 2 alternate locations/drives every night.
    No RAID needed. And none of the RAID fail issues.
  4. Ok Ive attached a picture of my current drives. What Im curious about is why my "D" drive is no longer accessible and says NTFS. My F drive is working fine but with out the D drive Im missing out on a whole TB of harddrive space. hope this makes sense, thank you very much all for the responses so far





    to elaborate further, before last night my harddrive was my D drive but I was still missing the other TB of space. I tried to fix it in BIOS and re-setup RAID, and my harddrive became my F drive, the D drive says NTFS, and I still dont know how to access the other TB harddrive. my computer detects it but its not available. I cant post BIOS pictures if needed


    At this point I do not care about RAID, I just want to be able to make use of the second harddrive

    Im thinking about wiping both harddrives clean, and reinstalling windows7 on the SSD to start completely fresh. things seem really corrupted and not working properly on the harddrives.
  5. The system still thinks the 1TB D is part of an array.

    What I would do?
    Be sure you have a verified copy of any critical data that used to exist on the former F-D array. Saved elsewhere and offline
    Completely reformat the D, and probably the F.
    Now you have 3 distinct drives: 60GB SSD, and 2 each 1TB drives

    And....your SSD is very very close to being too full. I'd remove some stuff from that.
  6. thank you very much for the response. So right click-->format both of the drives? Is that the best way to do that? And will that make my D:drive which says NTSF usable again as just another drive to utilize?

    When I click on the D drive and go to properties, it says there is 0 free OR used bytes
  7. EVGAndy said:
    thank you very much for the response. So right click-->format both of the drives? Is that the best way to do that? And will that make my D:drive which says NTSF usable again as just another drive to utilize?

    When I click on the D drive and go to properties, it says there is 0 free OR used bytes


    That concept should work. It cannot hurt to try, because it is unsable as it is.
    Worst case, you still have 0 free.
    Best case (probable) you have that drive back and can use it as normal.
  8. Prompted with an error saying Windows can not format this drive : (
  9. EVGAndy said:
    Prompted with an error saying Windows can not format this drive : (


    Is there an option to delete the partition? Do that, and then try the Format.
  10. where would the option to delete the partition be? I dont see it when right clicking on the drive or going to format
  11. EVGAndy said:
    where would the option to delete the partition be? I dont see it when right clicking on the drive or going to format


    In Disk Management, right click. What options does it give?
  12. I forgot about this thread for a bit and thought Id just provide an ending. I ended up formatting all three drives (SSD and 2 harddrives) and did a fresh install of win7. I now have access to both harddrives so everything worked out perfectly, it just took a good deal of effort and worry : ) thank you all who provided assistance
  13. EVGAndy said:
    I forgot about this thread for a bit and thought Id just provide an ending. I ended up formatting all three drives (SSD and 2 harddrives) and did a fresh install of win7. I now have access to both harddrives so everything worked out perfectly, it just took a good deal of effort and worry : ) thank you all who provided assistance


    Excellent. Glad everything worked out.
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