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Lost SATA RAID Drives

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by photoguy, Feb 2, 2005.

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  1. photoguy

    photoguy Thread Starter

    Aug 29, 2003
    I have an AOpen AX4SPE Max MB, MS XP Pro operating system and two Western Digital WD Raptor SATA drives connected in a RAID configuration. The interleaved one, not the mirror configuration. This has worked well for a couple of years. I recently bought a new digital camera and a 1G Compact Flash card. I left the CF card in the card reader and rebooted the machine. When it came up, I got the message that the boot assignments had been changed and I can no longer find my hard drives.

    To get the machine back into use I installed a new WD 160G IDE drive and reinstalled XP Pro. This operates but I still can't find the two SATA drives. During boot the BIOS displays a message to press control-S to enter the RAID configuration software but it does not respond to the control-S input.

    Any suggestions? I would like to try things that wouldn't affect the files on the SATA drives, as a first strategy.

    Thanks for any help

  2. winbob


    Aug 2, 2004
    Well, I can tell you what happened in case you haven't figured that out yet.

    The CF card was recognized as a Drive by the system and when you rebooted it got assigned a drive letter before the RAID array drives.

    Why they did not pick up the next consecutively available drive letters...I don't know.

    Having removed the CF card, I would have expected a reboot to untangle the ill "Waved Skivvies" (sorry I couldn't resist that opportunity Skivvywaver :p )

    Not being a RAID guy myself, I am not really schooled in configuring the RAID BIOS, but I think THAT is where any hope of salvation lies.

    Once you get your Drives back I would ASSIGN them drive letters (see Help "drive letters") that are well above the used area, just like you would an Optical drive in a system that you added/removed HD's from frequently.

    That's about all I can suggest. :(
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