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RAID error

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a b G Storage
February 28, 2010 1:36:31 PM


I have a RAID 5 array set up on my computer with 3 Maxtor 250GB hard drives. However was playing Empire: Total War last night and the computer crashed with the BSOD. I rebooted like it said but now upon boot up the the Nvidia RAID management is displaying error messages 1 saying that a 250GB drive has a error and another saying that the 500GB (250GB x 2) drive has degraded.
The hard drives I have only had for a few months and I suspect the motherboard SATA ports may be a bit dodgey as I have had problems with hard drives failing before, so I was wondering if there is any way of testing the SATA ports on the motherboard before I try sending it back. Also I want to make sure that the RAID array isn't lost completely if I unplug any of the drive as long as I plug it back in in exactly the same way again.

The system I am using is:
AMD 6000+ Athlon 64 x2 3.0Ghz
ASUS crosshair Formula II
XFX 9800GTX+ 512MB DDR3
Maxtor 250GB x3 (RAID 5)
DVD-ROM drive
DVD-RW Drive
600W power supply

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Thanks Jamie

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a b G Storage
March 1, 2010 1:01:34 PM

You probably want to get some RAID edition drives.
Non RAID drives can casue problems such as yours.

a b G Storage
March 1, 2010 2:46:49 PM

Ok thanks ill look in to that but for the time being will i be able to delete the drive giving me an error from the array then rebuild the array with that drive included again. or would that mean i would lose my data. I'm kinda new to this whole RAID thing first time ive tried it :p 
a b G Storage
March 2, 2010 1:57:31 PM

Yes, you can do that.