Converting RAID array drives to regular

June 18, 2009 at 20:25:19
Specs: Vista, Pentium IV 2.33ghz/5
My sister has a problem with her raid array (raid 0 has failed, back up immediatey, blah blah blah) question is, is it possible for her to convert this raid array to a regular hard drive format (she has two hard drives on the array), where its non-raid? if all else fails, her computer is still under warranty...but any help would be appreciated since I personally dont use RAID. Thanks very much for your help. I love this forum! :-)

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June 19, 2009 at 08:29:04
As RAID arrays go, RAID-0 is a very poor choice for a home user. If one drive fails, all data is lost & there's little chance of retrieving it. If you take it in for servicing, I doubt they'll even attempt to retrieve any data...they'll just do what has to be done to fix it (such as replacing the HDD's), reinstall the OS & send it back.

Since one drive is apparently failing, the only way to convert would be to remove the bad HDD, reformat the other one & reinstall Windows from scratch.

Tell her to back up her important data immediately before it's gone for good.

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June 19, 2009 at 08:32:52
If the RAID ) array is still functional you may be able to save personal data to an external drive or to CDR/DVDR media. Do it immediately.

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