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#1 LynnBR

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 11:31 AM

Hello, have Seagate Barracuda SATA II drives currently configured in RAID 1 (mirrored), OS is Win XP Pro. Got infected with something nasty, was told that best solution was to format and start. As per posts elsewhere on this site, I have downloaded Seagate utility to use instead of Windows format. If I run the Seagate utility from CD, will it format both drives, or do I need to break the array first, format each drive independently, then recreate array and go from there with OS install, etc? Thanks!

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 01:06 PM

The utility is designed for a single hard drive...but it detects all drives properly connected.

You won't be able to format 2 hard drives at the same time and the RAID might be a confusing factor (although I don't think it will be any factor) but I would break the RAID since it serves no purpose for using the Seagate utility.

There is nothing on the hard drive to support a RAID configuration once the drive is formatted by the utility. Even if the RAID existed before you formatted, formatting would kill it (I think).

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 01:21 PM

Thanks Louis. Thought that might be the way to go, just wasn't sure. Didn't want to do all that extra work if I didn't have to.




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