Ok, here goes,
I'm running Windows 7 32 Bit
on a Pentium Dual-Core 2.50GHz
with 4GB of RAM
Completely up to date with Windows Update.
Highpoint RocketRaid 622 SATA Hardware RAID controller
running BIOS v1.1 (the newest version)
Running RAID 5
Rosewill RSV-S5 SATA 3G enclosure
with 5, 1.5 TB Western Digital Green Caviar drives
I am pretty sure I originally used the hardware controller to create the array.
While it is probably important how the array was create originally, I know array originally
loaded fine onto the system and of course I loaded it up with about 5TB of data.
And when I use the Hardware Web GUI interface for the RocketRaid card it shows the array
and all the disks as in good condition. Also, when I access the enclosure and array through the web GUI it shows a 6TB Logical RAID 5 array. So I'm real sure the array was configured using the hardware controller.
Then one of the drives needed recovered.
After that Windows 7 disk management shows the "Dynamic Disk" Import Failed.
I recently did a re-install of Windows 7 upgrade, using the custom option to install a whole new
copy of windows instead of repairing the old, so all the programs got wiped out and it was basically
brought back to a fresh clean windows install.
then added the RAID controller and drivers. And I am still getting the Import Failed error!
The disk will not "reactivate" and the "import foreign disk" option is greyed out as well
as the "remove disk" option.
I've read that Win7 will not see a dynamic disk it thinks is portable, and this error will result, but
the fix is supposed to be a driver update. The RAID controller is up to date. However, the dynamic disk
shows up as "HPT DISK 0_0 Disk Device" with a basic windows driver.
1) How to get the array to show up in Windows 7?
2) How to get a failed dynamic disk to import, when it is really a RAID 5 array?
3) Would converting the "dynamic disk" in the Windows Disk Management area to a "Basic" disk
allow Windows to see the array as 1 big disk without erasing any of the data on the array?
4) How to get the data off of the array if windows won't see the array?