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Accidental raid and failure

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January 4, 2011 9:59:42 AM

Hello,
I was having an issue with corrupt drivers. In an attempt to reinstall the motherboard drivers, I rebooted with the motherboard disk, and now my system drive reports a drive failure and won't boot. The MB is a crossfire. the first one they made for amd processors.
It doesn't say this could happen in the manual, but when you boot with the disk, I beleive it attempted to prepare my system drive for a raid array. What I saw on the screen when I booted was a DOS program with 3 options, which I guess it might have been some sort of formatting program. I backed out of it and now I am at a loss of what can now be done to reclaim that drive. All of my 3 hard drives are on sata, as well as the two optical drives. Attempting to use one of my Acronis image,saved on a USB external drive, the system drive is not listed as an option to restore to.
Is my only option now to re-install my OS? With the drive in this state, is it at all possible?
TIA,
Hope there is an easy fix!


January 4, 2011 12:22:50 PM

A software CD won't on it's own create a Raid array. It may prep it or install drivers for it but should not create one on its own unless you told it to by your choices. Usually there is a caution or warning before this is done. Go into the bios and disable the raid controller if you have a built in one. Then make sure your hard drives are NOT plugged into the raid controller ports. They are usually red to indicate they are the raid SATA ports. Move your drives to the black ports. Unplug all but your boot drive and see if your system now boots to your old previous boot drive. If the drive is recognized by the bios but not by the OS than your file system or boot sector may have been trashed. You could still try and recover the boot sector with the Vista/Win7 CD if your system was Vista/Win7. You do not give any specifics or details just general information so no one can really give you specifics on how to fix your system either.
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