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Old 05-23-2006, 05:08 PM   #1
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After abandoning Compuserve as a place to get hardware advice, I don't have a good forum to discuss hardware problems.

I have a problem with RAID mirroring no longer functioning on WinXP Pro, and a problem with the MBR on a Win98SE computer with functioning RAID mirroring in place.

Any suggestions would be welcome.
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After abandoning Compuserve as a place to get hardware advice, I don't have a good forum to discuss hardware problems.

I have a problem with RAID mirroring no longer functioning on WinXP Pro, and a problem with the MBR on a Win98SE computer with functioning RAID mirroring in place.

Any suggestions would be welcome.
I have sometimes found good advice here:

http://www.techguy.org/
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:35 PM   #3
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I have a problem with RAID mirroring no longer functioning on WinXP Pro
No longer functioning in what sense? Striped (RAID 0) or mirrored (RAID 1)? Is this a hardware, firmware or software array? Did you have to install special drivers for the board? Was the arrray configured under WinXP or a predecessor OS?
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Old 05-24-2006, 05:00 AM   #4
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Operating System:
Windows XP Pro, Service Release 1

Hardware:
ApexCompu (whitebox) custom built computer
Intel Desktop Board D865PERL, Intel Pentium 4
Memory (RAM) in MB: 1000
Processor type: Intel Pentium 4
Processor speed (MHz): 3000
2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 (ST3120026AS) 120 Gb Hard Drives

Problem:
RAID 1 mirroring has stopped working. Both drives appear in My Computer and can be accessed, but the second drive remains the copy of the boot drive as of the time the mirroring stopped. I want to get the mirroring working again.
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You appear to have a "broken mirror".

Right-click on "My Computer" and select "Manage"
In the left pane select "Disk Management"
Are both drives "Dynamic" (rather than "Basic")?
Right-click on the master volume of the broken mirror; is "Add Mirror" an available option?

If the option is greyed-out you may be missing a RAID-specific driver

For more help
..from the "Help" menu
..under "Help Topics"
..under "Disk Management"
..under "How to"
..under "Manage dynamic volumes"
..under "Manage mirrored volumes"
you will find the appropriate instructions
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You appear to have a "broken mirror".

Right-click on "My Computer" and select "Manage"
In the left pane select "Disk Management"
Are both drives "Dynamic" (rather than "Basic")?
Right-click on the master volume of the broken mirror; is "Add Mirror" an available option?
Yes, I have a "broken mirror" situation.

The drives are "Basic Active" and "Healthy" rather than "Dynamic" according to "Disk Management." Both drives have four partitions.

The Help topic under "Disk Management" does not have a "How to" or anything about "Dynamic Volumes" but I do see a definition about "Dynamic Volumes" that says they are created with a Disk Management Snap-In. Perhaps the help topics don't appear without the snap-in.

http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;309044

has information about converting from basic to dynamic volumes, but it is not clear to me how I ever lost the mirroring in the first place, nor if the conversion from basic to dynamic volumes is even possible with a full operating system and lots of data in the existing partitions on each hard disk.

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it is not clear to me how I ever lost the mirroring in the first place, nor if the conversion from basic to dynamic volumes is even possible with a full operating system and lots of data in the existing partitions on each hard disk.
The following Intel document may provide a clue...
How to enable/recover RAID support in your Intel BIOS

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