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Nvidia Raid 'rebuilding'....


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#1 Wily

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 09:56 AM

Hope this is in the correct forum :flowers:

I am not sure if the Specs from my profile are veiwable, so I'll repost several here for reference.

Home Build - Nothing overclocked
XP 32Bit SP3
Asus P5N32-E SLI
Intel Core2Duo E6700 2667MHZ
4GB DDR2 6400 Ballistic
2 - XFX GeForce 8600 GT -w- 256MB in SLI
Antec - 850W TruPower Quattro
5 Seagate SATAs in - (465GB RAID5) OS - (300GB Mirror) Digital Photos from 1999 & backup files

My problem lies with the 300GB Mirror.
I noticed last week my system hanging, lagging, unresponsive
(As in would lock up, and had to hit the power button to shutdown)
Ran some diagnostics - then noticed that my MIRROR had 'degraded'.
Moved my Pagefile from the MIRROR to the RAID5,
(by zeroing it, rebooting, then adding it to the RAID5)
Checked the drives for stability (all ok)
Copied all my irreplacable files to my RAID5 (left other files there) , rebootd,
Went into the BIOS & set the MIRROR to rebuild, rebooted,
logged on & saw the MIRROR rebuilding....
It hangs at 73%.......for hours (12+)
I have tried this several times, in several ways - in safe mode, as Admin, as User, logging in, not loggon in.

Other than copying the rest of the files to my RAID5,
going into the BIOS and deleting the drives from the MIRROR, rebooting , and redoing the MIRROR (including format)
I am at a loss. :thumbsup:
Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 02:59 PM

Seems obvious (to me) that you have a hard drive situation, rather than a RAID.

I don't know of anything in a RAID that addresses hard drive issues per se...

If it wasn't a RAID, I'd suggest running chkdsk /r and then running a manufacturer's diagnostic on the hard drive.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 12:52 PM

Seems obvious (to me) that you have a hard drive situation, rather than a RAID.

I don't know of anything in a RAID that addresses hard drive issues per se...

If it wasn't a RAID, I'd suggest running chkdsk /r and then running a manufacturer's diagnostic on the hard drive.

Louis


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Thanks Louis,
tried that after attempting the rebuild.
I've decided to copy all my files off of the Mirror onto the RAID5. (done)
Then burn my pix & Imp files to DVD. (done)
Cleared the Mirror, zero'd both drives out, ran harware diags on both (both were fine) (done)

Over the weekend,
Since I will have SOME free time and want to adjust the striping on my RAID5,
am gonna zero out the RAID5 & do a clean re-install of XP in accordance with the Koroush Ghazi's TweakGuides Tweaking Companion Located HERE,
which I found thru these forums....
If you haven't, you HAVE to read it.

This time next week - I'll be clean & Green :flowers:

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 02:55 PM

Nice link, thanks :thumbsup:.

I don't bother much with tweaks...I'm a plain vanilla computer person (I'm happy when it works as it's supposed to and don't worry about tinkering with it to make it more efficient or change small things which are of no consequence to me) but the link will be useful to some of those that often inquire about tweaks, changes, etc.

The one impression I've developed concerning most tweaks is that system stability may go out the window...because of some changes that users make. I suppose that overclocking is the prime example I have in mind.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 08:25 PM

Just an FYI,
I've read the 'Tweak Guide' almost all the way thru.

The name is a misnomer - I would call this, as another forum poster put it,
"The MANUAL you SHOULD have gotten with XP"
But with Microsoft believing that knowledge is NOT power, but problem,
they failed to include it.

I'd advise everyone to read it with an open mind.
Theres one for VISTA at the exact same link.

Cheers




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