I've been avoiding sorting out a reliable external back up for the last month, so I guess this was inevitable...
Spec as per 'My System'.
Two 500GB Samsung Spinpoints on a Gigabyte-GA-P35-DS4, in a matrix of half Raid 0, half Raid 1. The system is overclocked, but has been stable for five months.
I've noticed once before it doesn't like booting with an iRiver 8G Clix2 connected to a usb port - the bios will hang at the point it's claiming memory checking. This doesn't happen at any other time. This has only happened on three or four occasions. After it occurs the bios resets certain parameters losing my overclock, as a safety & recovery feature.
Last night this occured so I restored my usual settings & rebooted. XP bluescreened immediately after login; I suspect the Intel Matrix Raid software from what I've found online - eg the thread here. I was foolish enough to reboot once more, only to see the same error.
Next reboot, the machine posts, but can't boot the OS as the drives aren't readable. Checking the bios based Matrix Storage Manager I see the 2nd drive is still correctly reported as Member Disk(0,1), but the first drive now reports as Non-Raid Disk, consequently the Raid 1 is degraded & the Raid 0 failed.
Much important data is on the Raid 0 array as well as the OS install. Yes, I know about back ups. I'm an idiot.
I know if I install XP to a new temporary drive, the OS based Intel Matrix Storage manager should recover the Raid 1 array, but what I'm posting to ask about is does anyone know if I might be able to recover the Raid 0?
I know how Raid works & a physical drive failure would be fatal, but in this case it seems likely all that's been corrupted is the protected sector on the drive with Intel's storage manager uses to record the Raid structure/details. The data itself right down to the NTFS filing system is, I imagine, probably still intact?
Can anyone offer advice?
The best lead so far seems to be from Runtime. Anyone have experience of this especially in relation to Intel Matrix Raid?
I don't have another spare drive around atm large enough to attempt a recovery, so I'm about to order another Spinpoint & an external case, both for any attempted recovery & future back up.
In the meantime, any comments or suggestions?