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So yes, the one downside of a raid 0 array seems to have happened to me. One of my 40gb OCZ vertex 2 drives seems to have died. First, the back story:

1. My computer has been randomly shutting off for several months. I would be doing something (low load 99% of the time - surfing the web, word, etc.) and it would simply shut off, as if it was unplugged.
2. Every once and a while Raid Port1 (SSD #2) wouldnt show up, but would if I re-booted again. Didnt seem like a big deal, I thought (as did most people I asked) that the PSU (AX1200) was failing to give clean power over a 6-pin, causing the drive to fail.
3. Over the past few weeks, its gotten worse. I get 2-3 'crashes' a day.
4. Yesterday I completely re-did all the SSD power cables and Sata cables, to try to eliminate the problem. I tried running a dedicated 6 pin right to the SSDs, I tried ALL SIX 6 pin ports, i tried a few different power AND sata cables.
5. Event manager only showed an error related to ACS-6xxxx, which turned out to be the Marvel SATA driver. I re-installed it.
5. This morning I tried to boot my system to check my email, and all I get is a blinking light and that SSDRaid has failed (SSD#2 doesnt show up in the intel manage).

Basically, there's three options:
1. The SSD has in fact failed
2. The hotswap bay has failed (800D case)
3. The motherboard has failed (Asus p8p67 deluxe)


So now im at an interesting point.
1. The SSDs that I use are basically impossible to get, and are too expensive to be worth it (I could get an 80gb Sata 3 for the same price as ONE 40gb sata 2).
2. I cant boot windows AT ALL.
3. ALL my stuff is on my HDD raid, which seems to be uneffected.

The question is, what do I do? If I replace the SSDs (might just do that), will I be able to access the HDD raid? When I first set it up, windows made me format it. Is/are there ANY ways to try and fix it, even temporarily so I can make a backup image? What tools are there to make a backup image - I only have a 60gb portable HDD available (the SSD raid only has 26gb of stuff), but the windows tool forces me to back up both my HDDRaid and SSDRaid -over 600gb.

Even if its short term, that would be great - it really only needs to work for another 2 weeks, at which point I can get new SSDs at boxing day, as well as (possibly) a 1500gb HDD for making backup images. Worst case I would love it if I could JUST make a backup of my C:/ drive (its labled B - but its the one with windows). I REALLY dont want to have to re-install all 600gb of programs in order to get the registry to work right.
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You can easily enough figure out if the hot-swap bay is bad, just get a sata cable and go direct to the motherboard. Same with if it's the motherboard, just switch sata ports. Since you have two separate raids, you should be able to save the other one. You don't say what the other RAID version is though. Having RAID 0 on data is not a good idea at all, so I hope it isn't that. As far as an image, I don't quite follow the question, but what I'd do is just get some random hard drive, throw as OS on it, and make sure your HDD RAID with the data is intact.
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Yea, the hot-spawn bay should be easy to test, but thats basically the only "simple" problem. If its not that, its the mobo or SSD.

Like I said in the OP, im fairly certain that the HDD raid (its also raid 0... yes I know) is fine (never had it disappear from the raid manager, always shows up, etc.).

As for the image, basically what im asking is:
1. Are there any expert tips I can try to get the SSD raid to work, even for just a short period of time?
2. Once in windows, how can I make a 'copy' of the drive onto another drive (so I can use the new drive as a temp replacement)? The windows tool is forcing me to backup BOTH raids (there is no option for just the one), and I only have a big enough HDD available for the SSD raid to be backed up.


Im not physically at my desktop right now (wont be for a while), so im trying to get a good list of things which I can try in order to salvage what I can.

/edit

Ok, so i've been messing with my rig for a while, and now im super confused.
I tried the reset button on the mobo - no luck.
I tried unplugging the computer and then re-plugging it
I tried skipping the hot-swap bays

So finally, I got to the Intel Raid screen thing (the one that lets you set up a raid) and it said that SSDRaid has failed - SSD#2 wasnt even on the list. I hit CTRL+I to go into the manager, and it says that everything is OK - both SSDs show up, everything is normal. I hit escape, dont make any changes, and boot into windows fine.

How is this even possible?

I WILL be making a backup image very soon.
Edited by doomlord52 - 12/12/11 at 4:27pm
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