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Failed Drive in a RAID0 array, how do I get my computer running again?

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March 30, 2014 5:56:16 PM

Alright, I've been trying to fix my computer for the past week, and have been running tests on it. I found that one of my drives failed a Seagate DOS test, and that it's pretty much done. I really don't care about the data inside the drives, I just want my computer working again, and I have no idea how to do that.

I know which drive is messed up, and it's the drive that was partitioned. I don't actually know which drive it is inside the computer though, because I don't know how to assemble, much less disassemble a computer. I don't know if I have to replace the drives, or if I can run the computer off the healthy HDD with the OS on it, or if I have to flash the BIOS. I literally have no clue where to begin. Memtest86 ran fine, 47 passes, if that helps.

I never set up the RAID0 array myself, since this comp was a hand me down from a friend who I am no longer in contact with. If anyone can give me any ways or lead me towards any places that might help me fix my comp it would be greatly appreciated.
a c 754 G Storage
March 30, 2014 6:10:50 PM

Failed RAID 0 = full reinstall of everything.
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a b G Storage
March 30, 2014 6:12:42 PM

You don't have to flash bios.
1 Go to bios, disable raid.
save and restart.
2 go to bios set boot prio to the dvd
3 insert windows dvd and boot with that and install windows on the drive you know is not broken -after formatting said drive. that is, if the broken one even gets detected.

Keep in mind, this will destroy all of your data, from both drives.
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March 30, 2014 6:23:13 PM

sunder25 said:
You don't have to flash bios.
1 Go to bios, disable raid.
save and restart.
2 go to bios set boot prio to the dvd
3 insert windows dvd and boot with that and install windows on the drive you know is not broken -after formatting said drive. that is, if the broken one even gets detected.

Keep in mind, this will destroy all of your data, from both drives.


I don't have a windows OS disc or the any of the manufacturers discs that come with the computer. Also, I can't find anything that says "disable RAID" in the RAID interface [pressing CTRL I], only that I can reset the drives to Non-RAID or delete a Raid Drive. Is there like a repair disc I can buy or do I have to buy Windows all over again?
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a b G Storage
March 30, 2014 6:27:17 PM

If one of your disks is broken, you have lost all of your data.
That's that.
You should reset the drives to non-raid, but you will need to reinstall windows somehow so get a dvd/usb with windows on it.
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March 30, 2014 6:37:11 PM

sunder25 said:
If one of your disks is broken, you have lost all of your data.
That's that.
You should reset the drives to non-raid, but you will need to reinstall windows somehow so get a dvd/usb with windows on it.

Alright, well looks like my real problem now is finding a windows disc or ISO. Well, I guess I'm just gonna throw away the bad drive, and leave only one in. Would I HAVE to set up a new RAID0 after getting the said disc, or would I be able to boot from a windows disc/usb and set it up on the working drive and get my computer to work from there?
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a b G Storage
March 30, 2014 6:40:17 PM

If you reset the drive to non-raid, and set sata mode in bios to ahci, you will be able to use the working drive alone.
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March 30, 2014 6:47:37 PM

sunder25 said:
If you reset the drive to non-raid, and set sata mode in bios to ahci, you will be able to use the working drive alone.


This is really good since I think my bios is already in AHCI. Thank you for the help man, much appreciated :D 
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a b G Storage
March 30, 2014 6:49:18 PM

Any time.
Good luck with getting a windows dvd.
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