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finding my Raid 0 drives

By TrilliumLL ·
I have Windows XP Pro with a 80G C: drive as my boot drive and two 200G drives raided together (raid 0) as my drive.

I just had a mups problem and did Windows restore. I now boot up normally to my C: (all files okay) but Windows Explorer sees my as unviewable. The disk manager sees all three physical drives. How do I get Windows to see the second and third drives as raided together?
(hopefully without destroying the data on them)

I tried setting the BIOS IDE Configuration/Configure SATA as RAID but then the computer can't boot windows and says it has no physical drives. The Raid Manager refuses to see any drives so is useless.

I'm afraid of the RAID Option ROM utility since I don't know if the "Create RAID Volume" would wipe out the data on them.

There is a IT 8212F IDE RAID controller. I set the BIOS Advanced/Onboard Devices Configuration/ITE8212F Control to RAID mode. Then I reached the Setup Utility (Ctl-F). It offers Auto Configuration, Define a RAID or RAID Card Configuration (ignoring the Delete and Rebuild options). Would any of these be able to set the two physical drives as one logical (raid 0) drive without losing my data?

Or is there another way to get Windows to see my two raided drives as my drive?

Thanks!!!

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by TrilliumLL In reply to finding my Raid 0 drives

UPDATE:

I re-installed windows XP with the raid drivers. If I set the BIOS settings to IDE, everything boots up fine to windows but I can't use the drive. If I reset the BIOS to RAID, it looks like the BIOS sees the raid fine but when I get to the Window's flag page, it blinks to a blue screen and reboots.

So I suspect the problem is with the raid drives. When I set the BIOS to raid, I make sure the boot drive is only the C: drive.

Any suggestions to what to do?

Thanks!!!

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to finding my Raid 0 drives

RAID ) is what is commonly called a Stripped Array and is best used for Speed not redundancy as it offers not Mission Critical Ability to save data in the event of something going wrong.http://tinyurl.com/3xb5y
Now that is the basics of your RAID setup what you need to do is reload Windows to the exact same settings as was previously used and when you are installing XP you'll need to press the F6 key to setup the RAID Array Drivers. This will appear in the Compute Management as a SCSI or Mass Storage Device and should read the drives correctly provided that there has been no damage done when you performed the original reinstall.
Depending on what is on this Array you may need to take Ownership of the files if it's only DATA you'll defiantly need to take Ownership of the Files so you'll need to follow the directions at the following URLhttp://tinyurl.com/3aw7
That should recover your data if you have not encrypted it but if you have and haven't kept the Encryption Key all that you'll be able to recover is effectively Garbage as the Encryption Key is required to actually read your DATA again. Even if you have performed a Backup the Data will still be garbage as the Encryption Key is required to actually read it again.
Basically what you have there is a setup for high speed work with No Redundancy built in for safety so you should never encrypt any data and perform regular backup to be on the safe side because if something as simple as a HDD failing happens you'll have lost all of your data with no chance of recovery in the Sub 10K Bracket. If the data is Ultra Important you'll be able to take the drives to any Data Recovery House and get them to recover the data as the drives are still both working it should be relatively cheap as there will not be any work required in making a Drive run again or removing platters and reading them in specialized hardware but it's still going to cost you a substantial sum if the data is really Important.

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