RAID 1 drive failure
Posted: 06-25-2004, 06:08 AM
A MAXTOR SATA drive (one of two) in my XP Professional system went
*poof* according to my Intel Application Accelerator RAID edition
software. There was no warning, and the system has been rock-solid
stable, lightning fast and reliable until this evening.
As I have been very foolish, the only thing that has saved me from a
data loss disaster is the other drive in the array, which (for now)
appears to be functioning happily -- although since it is an identical
drive, with a serial number that differs by only one digit, I have
concerns that if this is a systemic problem I am running short on time.
Obviously tomorrow I backup everything to an external drive before doing
But can anyone offer advice on two issues:
1. What is the 'best' tool to make a complete backup of my drive's
contents to an external drive?
2. I have never re-built a RAID 1 array before. Can I simply replace the
dead drive with a similar drive, and restore the data (could I be so
lucky? this seems unlikely as the drive would have to be partitioned and
formatted, etc.) or, as I fear, will I end up having to basically
re-install the OS and RAID drivers as if the drives were virgin, and
then install backup software and restore the volume data to the RAID 1.
Any advice for a guy who has been VERY lucky so far?
I apologize if this is an inappropriate forum to ask this question.
Steve 'Luckier than he deserves and trying not to push his luck'