RAID 0, 1 HHD failed. Stuck in RAID/ No 4mat

Wd Caviar se16 500gb hard drive
July 25, 2009 at 21:37:25
Specs: Vista x64
I had a computer running in RAID 0.
Two identical 500 GB HDD's. I was running an Intel Desktop DX58SO mobo with a core i7 processor. ONE of the drives started becomming unstable and the Intel RAID array stated detecting problms in one drive. I also got rare boots into vista followed by an error message telling me to backup and replace the drive followed by another immideate crash. I have ordered a replacement drive however in the meantime I'm planning on ditching the RAID 0 setup and just going the old fashioned way with the OS on one drive and the other for storage.

Here's the problem, When I try to install windows vista, it doesn't detect the HDD, my BIOS does. I know my way around computers and all my BIOS settings are correct. The drive just needs to be formatted before Vista's installer will recognize the drive.

Therefore, I have taken the HDD out of the computer and connected it externally along with the 2nd failed drive (I've connected them together, and seperatly) to another computer.

XP will detect BOTH drives. Even the failed one. However, when I go to properties BOTH drives appear to be 1 TB when they should only be 500 GB each. When I try to reformat it fails to do so through windows. Partition Manager doesn't even detect the drives.

So my ultimate question, How the heck do I reformat the remaining "working" hard drive? Is my other drive even failing? And why are my drives "Stuck" in RAID?

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July 26, 2009 at 01:01:31
I always recommend using a hard drive diagnostic tool downloaded from the drive maker. They work from a bootable floppy or CD and normally contain a number of tools including zero-fill formatting which may resolve your problem. Will also confirm the fitness/failure of your suspect disk.

Having used Raid0, and a disk fail you have already lost all data so there is nothing more to lose by running such diagnostics.

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July 26, 2009 at 05:07:08
As richard says, you have already lost all data with little chance of recovery so the only thing you can do is to delete the RAID 0 confguration, delete all partitions and start again from scratch.


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July 26, 2009 at 20:54:35
I understand I lost all data. I have it all backed up so that's not a problem.

What I need is an answer of how to "start again from scratch".

And as far as Richard59's post goes, is there a link to the tool that you know of? I've tried running Hiren's Boot CD as well with no success.

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