Physical memory high

Dell / Dell xps420
April 8, 2010 at 10:06:17
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.394 GHz / 2045 MB
Last week i got a message saying one of inte
raid-0 hard drives had failed. I haven't had another
message since then. Now my computer is very
slow and the physical memory is always above
70%. Any ideas?

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#1
April 8, 2010 at 12:47:50
you sure it was raid 0 and not raid 5? What do you have raided and at what raid level? Software raid or hardware raid?

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#2
April 8, 2010 at 14:04:13
Um sure it's raid 0 cos it says Raid 0 (striping). Not sure whether it's software raid or hardware raid though


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#3
April 8, 2010 at 14:35:38
If you lose a drive in a raid 0 array you lost all of your data with NO HOPE of recovery.

I take it you are seeing this in disk management?

If so it's a software raid array. Please describe what you see in disk management as far as drives in your system and how they are configured and what is on them.


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#4
April 8, 2010 at 14:45:15
Should I have lost data, because I can't see anything missing?
In the intel storage console it says all hard drives are working
fine. However, on the same page it said one volume had failed.
How do I find out how they are configured?
Thanks

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#5
April 8, 2010 at 16:38:19
Should you have lost data if you lost a drive in a raid 0 array? Absolutely which is why I was questioning what raid level.

You can review your raid levels here
http://www.acnc.com/04_01_00.html

[repeat]
Please describe what you see in disk management as far as drives in your system and how they are configured and what is on them.

maybe this will help
http://www.windowsreference.com/win...


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#6
April 9, 2010 at 02:44:13
DISK MANAGEMENTw

Disk Management : Disk 0 - Simple-Basic-HealthyEISA
configuration-Capacity 63mb-Free space 63mb-%Free 100-
fault tolerence NO.

Disk 0 Partitions : 64mb healthy EISA config - Recovery D
NTFS 15gb healthy EISA config (Primary partition_) - OS (c)
581.12gb NTFS (healthy, system boot, Page file, active,
crash dump, primary partition)

This is copied out of the intel storage console. It does say
raid 0 somewhere down there. Thanks again,


Intel RAID Controller: Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R SATA RAID
Controller
Number of Serial ATA ports: 6

RAID Option ROM Version: 7.6.1.1001
Driver Version: 7.8.0.1012
RAID Plug-In Version: 7.8.0.1013
Language Resource Version of the RAID Plug-In: 7.8.0.1013
Create Volume Wizard Version: 7.8.0.1013
Language Resource Version of the Create Volume Wizard:
7.8.0.1013
Create Volume from Existing Hard Drive Wizard Version:
7.8.0.1013
Language Resource Version of the Create Volume from
Existing Hard Drive Wizard: 7.8.0.1013
Modify Volume Wizard Version: 7.8.0.1013
Language Resource Version of the Modify Volume Wizard:
7.8.0.1013
Delete Volume Wizard Version: 7.8.0.1013
Language Resource Version of the Delete Volume Wizard:
7.8.0.1013
ISDI Library Version: 7.8.0.1013
Event Monitor User Notification Tool Version: 7.8.0.1013
Language Resource Version of the Event Monitor User
Notification Tool: 7.8.0.1013
Event Monitor Version: 7.8.0.1013

Array_0000
Status: No active migration(s)
Hard Drive Write Cache Enabled: Yes
Size: 596.1 GB
Free Space: 0 GB
Number of Hard Drives: 2
Hard Drive Member 1: ST3320620AS
Hard Drive Member 2: ST3320620AS
Number of Volumes: 1
Volume Member 1: ARRAY

ARRAY
Status: Normal
System Volume: Yes
Volume Write-Back Cache Enabled: No
RAID Level: RAID 0 (striping)
Strip Size: 128 KB
Size: 596.1 GB
Physical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Logical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Number of Hard Drives: 2
Hard Drive Member 1: ST3320620AS
Hard Drive Member 2: ST3320620AS
Parent Array: Array_0000

Hard Drive 0
Usage: Array member
Status: Normal
Device Port: 0
Device Port Location: Internal
Current Serial ATA Transfer Mode: Generation 2
Model: ST3320620AS
Serial Number: 9QF8RPCD
Firmware: 3.ADG
Native Command Queuing Support: Yes
Hard Drive Write Cache Enabled: Yes
Size: 298 GB
Physical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Logical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Number of Volumes: 1
Volume Member 1: ARRAY
Parent Array: Array_0000

Hard Drive 1
Usage: Array member
Status: Normal
Device Port: 1
Device Port Location: Internal
Current Serial ATA Transfer Mode: Generation 2
Model: ST3320620AS
Serial Number: 9QF8RT53
Firmware: 3.ADG
Native Command Queuing Support: Yes
Hard Drive Write Cache Enabled: Yes
Size: 298 GB
Physical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Logical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Number of Volumes: 1


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#7
April 9, 2010 at 16:48:37
Whoever sold you this unit, in my opinion, messed you over.

Yes it appears you have a hardware raid 0 array. You have two 298gig hard drives for a total space of 596gig.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you IMMEDIATELY clone your system to a image or a single 600 gig hard drive.

I don't see any message saying a drive died in the raid array but since you got the message in your first post, you are on the verge of losing everything.

Only reason I can think of that you are still operational is the raid controller has cached the contents of the failed drive which explains the high memory usage since that is where its doing the work.

Also understand all mechanical devices have a MTBF [mean time before failure] which means if the one drive died and since its the same as the other drive, the other drive can die at any moment.


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#8
April 10, 2010 at 02:03:11
Ah. I bought it from dell! Thanks for helping me out though. Will
back everything up and take it in and get it fixed.

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