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  Missing Boot Drive - Invalid Raid drives - No valide deivce!... Raid Array corrupted? 
 
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Lynn Russell Jan 26, 2008, 09:19pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Any suggestions on how to recover my raid array or any of my files?

OS is windows Vista, the RAID is configured as a 10 (Mirrored/Striped) with 4 WD SATA 250GB hard drives, mb is ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe, Silicon controller in use, NVidia controller not in use.

Rebooted machine, and received the following error:

No valide deivce!...press any key to continue (yes the spelling is like that on screen...) Then I get: DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. I've have tried rebooting several times but no change. I've double checked the bios, all is correct. I've performed the WD tools on the disks, "no problems".

If I do a Ctrl-S to enter the SiL-3114 (Silicon Image Controller) Bios, it shows the 4 drives under Physical Drive but under Logical Drive it says "Invalid Raid drive". If I click "Create Raid set it comes back with "Not enough single drives to create Raid set". If I select “Resolve Conflicts”, it says no conflicts exist.

Since the original problem, I've attempted to use the Vista system recovery options but it fails when attempting to load the hard drive drivers so since it cant read the drive I'm unable do any restoring. Also attempting to reinstall Vista, the same problem happens. I guess that I probably wont be able to do anything with Vista until I perform the create raid option.

I also don't believe that any drives of the hard drives have failed, When I ran the WD diagnostic tools, it did detect 2 drives, which I guess those are the first and second mirror drives in the array, they both tested good. Just before the fatal reboot I remember doing a few things, running windows update and I believe the update had something to do with Silicon, also I ran the virus checker and it said I needed an update + reboot and the very last task I did was installed drivers for a new mouse that I connected. Since typically I put it in sleep mode and it had been a while since last reboot, the destruction (my guess) seems to be software related. I'd like to recover some important files rather than the OS since that isn't possible anyways.

My next idea I was considering was to install in the same computer, the two brand new identical HDs with XP in a stripped array again. Then attach the 2 original HD's (SATA 3 & 4) that were mirroring the striped drives originally but now inaccessible hopefully to recover anything??? More than likely the OS still won't be able to detect the old drives so at that point I could attempt recovery software and then create raid. Any suggestions or thoughts?

Any other suggestions of software titles that someone has personally found to be successful with recovery on a SATA drive that was raided?

Thank-you, Lynn


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Kenneth Morrissey Nov 21, 2008, 09:56pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Missing Boot Drive - Invalid Raid drives - No valide deivce!... Raid Array corrupted?
How did you get your RAID problem resolved?

I have a sil3124 card too running a RAID 5 config.
Out of the blue rebooted today and and "disk boot failure" "Invalid raid drive" same thing as you.

I was running three drives and a fourth standalone on the card.
The fourth drive reports "invalid raid drive" too. Even though it wasn't even raided.

I emailed Addonics but I guess I won't here from them until monday or tuesday :(

Thanks,

Kenny

BoT Nov 21, 2008, 10:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Nov 21, 2008, 10:54pm EST

 
>> Re: Missing Boot Drive - Invalid Raid drives - No valide deivce!... Raid Array corrupted?
when you select the os repair option, you have to press F6 to add the raid/ sata drivers for your controller. similar in vista, were it asks you if you want to add drivers vs. the F6.

another option would be to slipstream them into the installation.

to lynn:
is there any option that allows you to boot into your mirror drives instead of the primary boot drive set? if not, i would try to boot into each raid0 set by itself, with the other set disconnected.

also, if you can recover anything, you will be able to recover everything. i doubt you will be able to get usable data of the disks without the os running, meaning if you would be able to get data off you might as well be running it from os.

to kenneth:
make sure that all cables have a good connection.
is this on a pci-x card?
was the 4th drive run as a hot spare?

i'd rather get in touch with silicon image then addonics. addonics is just a distributor/ retailer.

same here, try the os repair with raid drivers. since this is a 3 disk raid5 it should still boot and run even if one disk failed. if more failed thats a different picture.

is there a repair option via raid bios

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Kenneth Morrissey Nov 21, 2008, 10:59pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Nov 21, 2008, 11:00pm EST

 
>> Re: Missing Boot Drive - Invalid Raid drives - No valide deivce!... Raid Array corrupted?
Hey, thanks for responding :)

yes it's a pci-x card

no the forth drive was not a hotspare I just plugged it in so I could get to it.
My mobo didn't have sata.

I'll try the windows disk but I don't think it'll work.
It's that boot failure message in all caps that I've only seen when I turned on a PC with no hard drives at all.

I'll also drop an email to silicon image now.

Thanks,

Kenny

Kenneth Morrissey Nov 22, 2008, 12:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Missing Boot Drive - Invalid Raid drives - No valide deivce!... Raid Array corrupted?
I MAY have found the problem.

I went to check all the cabling again one of the cable had some while gunk on one of the pins I tried to scrape it off and it looks like I bent one of the pins down. Now when it's connected the bios gets stuck

Now the PC still won't boot but it does recognize my fourth standalone as a valid drive.

So I'm going to pick up a SATA cable tomorrow.
God I hate buying cables locally. I gaurantee you this damn cable will be 20 bucks lol
I could order it now for probably 4 bucks lol

ESI 4000 Jan 31, 2009, 03:35pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Missing Boot Drive - Invalid Raid drives - No valide deivce!... Raid Array corrupted?
Hi All.

This is for those of you that has SIL3124 and in raid.

I think I found a solution for the Invalid Raid Drive message.
First I do not know if this apply's to Raid 0 and 1, my system is in Raid 5.

1. When you boot up go in to the RAID BIOS by pressing F4 og CTRL+S
2. Delete the RAID SET
3. Create it again in the same way and in the same size as you had it in.
4. REBOOT


And that should be it. I got my RAID 5 back again with all info and my server 2003 on it.

Hope it works for you all.
ESI4000:)


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