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What happened to my drives?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by surfsk8snow.jah, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. surfsk8snow.jah

    surfsk8snow.jah

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    My Computer: as in my profile, but focus is on (4) HDDs in RAID0+1.
    I had partitioned this array into (2) 280+- GB, M: & G: drives. All my media and games were on these drives.
    Went to go play a game just now, and its icon was blank (along with most of my others games). Checked My Computer, there are no longer my (2) drives, but one single unformatted F: drive. Wtf happend? Did my drives crash? Did the partition corrupt?

    When watching the POST readouts, it has the nVidia RAID Manager, which shows the array to be healthy, and Sandra still reads it as a RAID0+1 array. I mean, the array has to still be functioning for four drives to show as one in windows anyways. What happened? Is there anything I can do to fix this? I thought RAID0+1 was supposed to protect against this type of thing!?

    Note: Only things I did on my computer today: Turn it on, Installed newest update of UltraMon (I run dual monitors), & restarted. I didn't check the drives at all before that, which I guess would've been ideal, but I installed that on system drive anyways (functioning properly as RAID0), so I don't really see how that would affect it too much.

    Last time I successfully accessed these drives, 2 nights ago.

    I have not reformatted the drive yet in case I can recover my media (Pictures, music, mpegs). A question to follow is, can I actually reformat the drives at all? If something happened, doesn't that make them unreadable? and if say one disk in the array has crashed, how do I go about isolating the failed disk?
     
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    Anyone?[​IMG]
     
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    Have you tried uninstalling UltraMon?
     
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    well take your 2 raid 1 drives and boot them up and see if they still work.
     
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    So, first I performed a System Restore to before the UltraMon installation. However, when i clicked next (before performing restore), it gave me the error: "Changes made to drive(s) G: M: [my former partitions] after this point cannot be reversed because the drive was either excluded from System Restore monitoring, or was turned off or removed." Performed system restore anyways, the problem still exists.
    After EXTENSIVE research on the web regarding this and other errors/symptoms, I think I have determined that my partition sector or boot sector somehow got corrupted; considering that in a RAID array one drive holds the boot sector and RAID info(AFAIK), apparently that one drive got the corruption. Trying use a utility called TestDisk to restore the partition sector information, and it couldn't find anything. GAH

    At this point I'm just ready to cut the cord, reformat the drives, and start over.
    So, in the mean time, I still wanted to play Civ4. I tried to install it on my bootable C:, but windows still recognizes the game as installed. Tried to perform uninstall, can't because the files are missing/inaccessible.

    Holy Crap this is annoying.
     

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