I'm in serious trouble, and I need help.
Attached to my Windows 10 box, I've a USB 3 dual-bay hardware RAID enclosure that is set up in RAID 1 (mirrored drives) with two 8TB drives with about 4TB on them.
Yesterday I restarted my PC and when it came back up, the drive did not show up. Testing on both the PC and a Mac (both drives in the RAID box and as separate drives in another USB enclosure) indicates that the data is inaccessible. The Mac wants to initialise the drives upon mounting, the PC gives this error when I click on the drive in Explorer:
"The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable."
I bought this bloody enclosure so that I'd have dual drive redundancy, I didn't expect the box to kill both disks simultaneously (the chance of both disks failing simultaneously is pretty low, I blame the RAID enclosure).
The RAID enclosure is this box:
(this is definitely not a covert ad: never buy this box, and I'd never trust "Orico" again. Read my review, plus this post).
Inside are dual Seagate 8TB Archive drives: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00XS423SC/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
This is my archive drive. I'm a filmmaker and photographer, my projects average 100-200GB, and when I finish a project, the entire project folder is copied to this archive RAID (the edited part of any project is sent to the client, and redundantly to a RAID 5 NAS). As of yesterday, the drive is holding about 4TB.
The real problem is that my working drive (internal WD Black drives, also in RAID 1) is full, so I've been forced to store several active projects on the external 8TB RAID. Its loss could be devastating to me.
I'm afraid I'm not an expert in PC hardware issues, and I don't know where to start to try to solve this problem.
Can anyone help? I'd be very grateful.
Edited by hamluis, 30 July 2016 - 04:06 PM.
Moved from External Hardware to Backup/Imaging - Hamluis.