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  Problem with SATA Raid 1 on A7N8X 
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laurent P Jan 13, 2004, 06:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I had a Windows XP system running just fine on a A7N8X Deluxe with one Seagate 160Gb SATA drive and decided to install a second identical disk with a Raid 1 configuration to... make sure I won't lose my data.
Two days later, I had a windows message stating that I had a Disk integrity issue of some sort (don't remember the exact message) and should run CHKDSK.

As I was booting-up to obay the windows order to run CHKDSK (I thought I would run it from the DOS prompt after pressing F8), I suddenly saw Windows deleting 15 seconds a number of items (I think it was tables, but don't remember exactly as it was running very fast...).
After the boot, the system gave the message: NTLDR not found, please boot again with ctrl alt del

As I have another drive with Windows xp (this one is a regular ATA one), I reconnect it and boot from it.
I do a check/repair on my SATA drive (no problem detected, disk is in good shape)/
I open Windows Explorer to see what is going on on my SATA drive and realize that it is now empty.
No more data. Completely empty.

I try to repair the missing NTLDR with the Windows XP disk, which does not work.
I am sure my data are still there somewhere on the drive.Any suggestion on how I can recover my files, if not my entire drive will be very appreciated.

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massimo losa Feb 18, 2004, 02:34am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with SATA Raid 1 on A7N8X
I experienced a very similar issue last week. There was no way to recover the XP installation. Also a new installation on the same drive was impossible as the system claims not to have the NTLDR. Thus, I performed a complete new XP installation on a new HD with the aim to copy the image on this set up on the old RAID configured HD. Running XP from the new drive was OK but a new problem sorted out: my RAID HD was invisible to the system, even DOS and LINUS were not able to detect it. I decided to change the RAID configuration to EIDE and the HD was back again. At this point an XP installation was possible (no NTLDR message) but I decided to simply reconfigure my HD back as RAID. You can believe or not but the RAID HD was recognized again.
I know that my troubleshooting has been a bit empiric but it worked.
Hope it can help.
Greetings from Italy Massimo

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