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I had 2 60GB OCZ Vertex drives with 1.6 in RAID 0 for about 3 months.
I've been crashing in games alot lately, so I lowered my overclock. That didn't work so I decided to remove my Nvidia and ATi drivers. After that reboot - the system would not boot again. Kept getting winload32.exe is missing.
Under the repair disc - it could not find windows installed at all. The partitions from the RAID were not showing up at all.

Then, after a dozen or so reboots of trial/error, the RAID config started showing one drive as ERROR.
I tried to delete the array, but the one drive is like stuck in RAID. It even thinks that by itself - it is 120GB even though it's only 60. I cannot format it or anything. I tried to take it out and USB it to another computer, but I still can't format it.

I don't know how to update it either, because it doesnt do anything
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This is an exiting RAID issue and it really can be a pain sometimes. You should reconnect both drives, enter your motherboards RAID Bios (I am assuming its motherboard) and you need to delete the Array AND try and conduct something called a secure erase, it properly setups up your harddrives for independent use by default. You said you already deleted the ARRAY, so what you should do here is, recreate it reboot, then re-enter, and do what I just mentioned. It may also fix your "broken" drive to.

I had the same issue before and thats what I did to fix it.

I would suspect unstable overclock would crash games and MAY have even lead to your file systems/files becoming corrupt or missing. It could always be a bad drive though. Since you have already formatted give what I mentioned a try.

That or porn virii ;P
Edited by RagingCain - 12/24/10 at 5:26am
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This is an exiting RAID issue and it really can be a pain sometimes. You should reconnect both drives, enter your motherboards RAID Bios (I am assuming its motherboard) and you need to delete the Array AND try and conduct something called a secure erase, it properly setups up your harddrives for independent use by default. You said you already deleted the ARRAY, so what you should do here is, recreate it reboot, then re-enter, and do what I just mentioned. It may also fix your "broken" drive to.

I had the same issue before and thats what I did to fix it.

I would suspect unstable overclock would crash games and MAY have even lead to your file systems/files becoming corrupt or missing. It could always be a bad drive though. Since you have already formatted give what I mentioned a try.

That or porn virii ;P
Problem is - I cant delete or create a new array.
It's glitched almost.
Upon boot what I see is:
OS RAID Array - Error.
OCZ Drive 1 - NonMember Drive
OCZ Drive 2 - Member (OS RAID) Error.

When I go inside the utility - it tells me that there are no RAID arrays, and the 2nd OCZ drive doesnt even get listed as a drive I can RAID with.
I cant format the drive either.

And are you talking about sanitary erase?
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Yes, it can be called this, are you able to perform Sanitary Erase on both drives? If not do it on the one thats available. It takes a while (like 45 minutes on one of my 30GB) so brace yourself.

If you can get Windows up and running on one drive (I assume thats your goal,) then use whatever program you would like (or Windows) and reformat the SSD that you think is borked.

Also, you may want to look into an program called SSDLife. It will be able to diagnose and confirm if the drive went the way of the dodo as long as S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring is enabled.
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Yes, it can be called this, are you able to perform Sanitary Erase on both drives? If not do it on the one thats available. It takes a while (like 45 minutes on one of my 30GB) so brace yourself.
I assume you mean like some kind of function within the RAID utility - no. That's not an option.

And the software sanitary erase from OCZ only does formatted drives. The borked drive needs a new volume and I cant even create one.

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If you can get Windows up and running on one drive (I assume thats your goal,) then use whatever program you would like (or Windows) and reformat the SSD that you think is borked.
Said I tried that and I can't format the broken drive. It needs a new volume, yet alone a partition. Can't format a partition that doesnt exist.


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Also, you may want to look into an program called SSDLife. It will be able to diagnose and confirm if the drive went the way of the dodo as long as S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring is enabled.
I'll look it up.
Just says it's healthy.
Edited by OmegaNemesis28 - 12/24/10 at 5:46am
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Oh my god - I've spent all night working on this and I'm NOWHERE.

I dont even have an extra hard drive to put up my backup version of Windows. This sucks!!!
Never again will I do RAID or SSDs.

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I dont even have an extra hard drive to put up my backup version of Windows.
Unbelievable.

You know better than that.
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Unbelievable.

You know better than that.
no no - lol I have Windows backed up.
But I don't have an extra hard drive to copy my backup to in order to use it


I got it working again for now *knocks on wood*

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...d-Click-Method

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You should reconnect both drives, enter your motherboards RAID Bios (I am assuming its motherboard) and you need to delete the Array AND try and conduct something called a secure erase
you were right. Secure erase. There is another program called sanitary erase and we were getting confused.
Thank you so much!
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But I don't have an extra hard drive to copy my backup to in order to use it
Bummer!
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no no - lol I have Windows backed up.
But I don't have an extra hard drive to copy my backup to in order to use it


I got it working again for now *knocks on wood*

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...d-Click-Method



you were right. Secure erase. There is another program called sanitary erase and we were getting confused.
Thank you so much!
Haha, sorry , I swore that would work, I had the exact same issue... I was totally scratching my head. Both drives good to go?

Didn't think of telling you to run a Live Distro to fix it the formatting. I have secure erase built into my Jmicron Raid Configurator... or is Marvel... one of the two. It takes a sweet two hours for two 30gb drives though.
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