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I had 2 X 1 TB HDD in RAID 1, went into the bios and pressed F5 to load bios defaults, saved and rebooted without thinking...

Doh!

I forgot to turn on my RAID, therefore it defaulted to IDE mode...

Windows loaded, started loading drivers, then corrupted my registry after it wrote to the RAID configuration, then I was unable to run the computer as it kept BSODing on me bad with error 0X00000051...

So after multiple attempts to try to recover the system, didn't work, I decided to try Data Recovery using good old Linux (Ubuntu 10.10).

Basically I had to first take one of the hard drives out of the RAID in the configuration setup, which I had to access before the bios splash screen. To do so I had to unplug the other drive which was in RAID as well.

After I reset one of the disk to Non-RAID, and changed my hard drive to IDE I was able to access it in Linux, so I wrote a new partition to it, installed Windows 7 back on it and then shut the computer back down.

After I shut it down, I connected the other drive which was still in RAID and booted into Linux, from there I was able to recover most of my data (9 hours later, whoosh!). I didn't have enough room to save all of the data from the drive, so I lost about 180 GB of data, unfortunately, as I had nospare drives on hand to put the data on and it would have taken far too long to burn it all to DVDs. (about 42 DVDs whoosh!)

The morale of the story is, don't forget to set your RAID controller if you load pre-set defaults in your bios, the mistake is very bad if you do!

Just thought I'd share that with you guys.

I will never forget this mistake again (after a painful 2 days of rebuilding, I won't forget).
Edited by _GTech - 8/15/11 at 8:22am
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thats odd. for my asus mobo if raid isnt turned on when i boot, it doesnt even try to load into windows. not sure how you got that far.

we must have diff raid controllers.
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wow. Well at least you had the know how to recover it. id be completly lost
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I'm posting not because I know what to do but because I feel bad for you and want to let you know I read your post and feel for you... hope you make it through today LOL. <3
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wow. Well at least you had the know how to recover it. id be completly lost
Linux is awesome for Data Recovery, seriously.

1 TB is too much data to make a drive image, so I just changed back to 200 GB for Windows, and store everything else on both drives rather than 2 Drives in RAID, what a horrible idea!

I'm never going to use 1 TB for RAID unless it's on a server, makes no sense on a normal Desktop. I'd rather use the 2 X 1 TB as one for main and one for backup, and I'm going to use my SSD again as well, but just for programs, since the performance helps me compile & make games faster, RAID offered little difference over a normal disc performance wise for me to warrant using RAID again, so from now on I'm sticking with SSD for more performance and Large Drives strictly for backup & storage. (both)
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Whew!

I was reinstalling Windows once and I purposely left my RAID disconnected to avoid the troubles you had. I only reconnected it up after I installed all the necessary drivers.
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I'm posting not because I know what to do but because I feel bad for you and want to let you know I read your post and feel for you... hope you make it through today LOL. <3
I will, and the good news is, I get a fresh clean install, made some mistakes from the first install, plus I get to make 3 drive images to recover from, so I'm happy that I made the mistake actually.

Even though it's going to take me 2 days to rebuild everything, once I'm done I can lock it in with the drive image, never having to worry about data loss (Going to b using Automated backup now) or re-installing windows again!

The problem with RAID is, you need a huge drive to back up to, and that's going to take you entirely too long, indeed!
So for me, I'm done with RAID, unless it's like for a Server, it's just not for me.
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I will, and the good news is, I get a fresh clean install, made some mistakes from the first install, plus I get to make 3 drive images to recover from, so I'm happy that I made the mistake actually.

Even though it's going to take me 2 days to rebuild everything, once I'm done I can lock it in with the drive image, never having to worry about data loss (Going to b using Automated backup now) or re-installing windows again!

The problem with RAID is, you need a huge drive to back up to, and that's going to take you entirely too long, indeed!
So for me, I'm done with RAID, unless it's like for a Server, it's just not for me.
Good, I'm glad

speaking of which... I should do a clean install soon...
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... I should do a clean install soon...
I did one last night... I feel fresh and tingly all over.
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i love that fresh install feeling. 24 second bootup ftw! but it soon goes to its usual ~minute
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