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Logical RAID array drive is showing as Not Initialized in Windows (but was working fine previously for years)

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Hi all, first the details (this is not my sig rig):

Windows 7. 3x 1TB Western Digital Green hard drives in a RAID5 setup. Can't remember motherboard but it came with AMD RAIDXPert which is what I have been using.

I have a dedicated SSD as the primary drive. The RAID 5 logical drive is my second drive which I store all my music and pictures on. The RAID array is roughly half full.

I've had this setup working for about four years or so now. But twice now (once about two years ago, and now just tonight), my logical RAID drive vanishes from Windows and all the files with it.

Everything looks good in BIOS. It shows the array and the name. Everything looks good in AMD RAIDXpert. No warnings or issues. The logical drive does in fact show up in Windows 7 Disk Manager, but it shows as "Not Initialized" and it wants me to partition it (which I obviously don't want to do or I'm going to really lose everything on the array).

Does anyone know how I can fix this or at the very least, recover my files? Last time this happened I lost everything. Hoping that doesn't happen again.

Thanks!
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Initialization helps the system to detect the eventual errors and repair them if it happens. On the Intel controller i did it with data on it and nothhing was lost. I don't know how AMD works here. I would say leave it like this but is a risk factor. For bulk storage you don't need raid 5 raid 1 should be enough. Raid5 is a lot heavier as the cpu needs to calculate the parity everytime you write something to the array. You could buy a large hdd, transfer all your data on it, then reinitialize the logical drive, put everything back and then return the big drive. Or just stay raid1.
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Thanks for the response.

I ended up buying a single 4TB hard drive, and some recovery software. Used the recovery software to recover all the files from the RAID array to the new single 4TB drive.

In the four or so years I had this RAID setup running, the issue of Windows suddenly not recognizing the array as initialized/partitioned/formatted happened twice, losing my data each time. Fortunately, I was able to recover each time using data recovery software but as of now, I'm done with RAID. I have never had this issue happen with a single drive. So from here on out, I'm just going to have two drives with chron-job that runs once a day to keep the drives synchronized. That will be my backup.
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