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Hi

Computer has been running fine for a while now, all of a sudden it turned off and I was greeted by the RAID screen taking ages to scan for drivers and then saying that the array was critical. I have two Samsung F3's in a RAID 1. Drive is partitioned for 150gb OS and the rest for file etc.

Only only one of the drives shows up as critical when I head into the RAID screen.

We have had a number of power cuts lately when the machine has been on.

Never had this before, it is my first RAID. What do I do? I am currently taking the latest backup of all my stuff.

Thanks

Will
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Every time I have had errors with raid it has come from a bad cable. Try replacing the one connecting the affected drive.
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It sounds like one of your drives went bad. Don't worry though since it is a RAID 1 your data should be safe. Just replace the bad drive either by RMA or buying a new one and the RAID array should rebuild and you will no longer be critical.
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Every time I have had errors with raid it has come from a bad cable. Try replacing the one connecting the affected drive.
Ok i'll give this a try.

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Originally Posted by Warsteiner
It sounds like one of your drives went bad. Don't worry though since it is a RAID 1 your data should be safe. Just replace the bad drive either by RMA or buying a new one and the RAID array should rebuild and you will no longer be critical.
Can I access the computer with just a single drive plugged in out of the array. How do I know which one is critical?

Edit:I was just taking a backup of all my stuff and the computer crashed again. Now it wont load into windows anymore. Wants to load startup repair. Beginning to panic.

Can I just plug in one of the drives out of the array into another computer and tsf the files off as a backup?

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Can I just boot off one drive until the RMA comes back?
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post #6 of 11
Thats the problem with RAID1. Even without random power outages messing with it it tends to be a little unstable.

My advice: NEVER use Raid 1 for your OS. For storage and games its fine, but RAID1 for OS is asking for this to happen.
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post #7 of 11
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Ok so chalk that up to a lesson leaned. What are my options? Should I try startup recovery and will it boot off of one drive only if the busted one int connected?
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post #8 of 11
It will boot off one drive as each raid1 disk is not inter-dependent on the other disk(s).

Options

Switch cables if not fixed then RMA the bad drive. When you get it back it will be as easy as plugging it in and the raid1 will rebuild.
    
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post #9 of 11
when you swap out the cable you will have to do a start up repair to see if that was the problem. it will not just magically start working.

if that doesn't work the pull the bad drive and do another start up repair.
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Startup repair isn't working. Says it can't do anything, and doesn't find any os installed.

Is my only option to reinstall windows?
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