What should I try to get my RAID to work correctly again?

December 26, 2017 at 12:10:48
Specs: Windows 7
I had 4x 1TB HDDs set up as a RAID5 (~3TB), now it shows as an unformatted drive. Figured I would post here before I do too much irreversible damage and loose the data altogether.

In Explorer it shows up correctly as N:. In Disk Management there is also some other drives that are just a part of the RAID. 2 of the 4 are showing up as their own 1TB drives. And a duplicate 3TB. The 4x 1TB drives and the C: drive are all the ones that are physically in the tower.

It’s an old workstation I primarily use for the storage. MSI P55-GD65 motherboard running Windows 7. I made the mistake of updating the firmware a while back which wiped out the BIOS configuration for the RAID. At the time I was able the recreate the RAID in the BIOS and use TestDisk (I believe) to grab all the data off.

The wife was trying to access a file full of addresses to sent Christmas cards and it somehow bluescreened and now this. Everytime I access the inner workings of computer stuff it’s like I have to reteach myself everything again.

TestDisk sees the drives as individual 4x 1TB drives. I’m almost tempted to hit the “format” button and see if TestDisk sees it as the 3TB. But it looks like the whole hardware is set up wacky and would need to see if that is set up correctly anyway. I did it before. I did it twice. And when looking up how to do it again I get old forums of me asking questions!

Cannot get Intel Rapid Storage Technology to work now that this happened. I tried a bunch of stuff.

Any first steps would be helpful. Is this a good place to look for answers?


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December 26, 2017 at 22:51:14
A new computer system mate.

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