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help. ga-7vrxp raid trouble, compatability and warning

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Old July 17th 03, 06:50 PM
todd elliott
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Default help. ga-7vrxp raid trouble, compatability and warning


This is about my issues with my RAID array. Does anyone know of a
motherboard that is compatible with a striped IDE raid array created
on a gigabyte ga-7vrxp motherboard?

Last weekend my computer started to freak out. Over a 20 minute
period it degraded to freezing during regular system operations to
freezing in the bios. Now I can't get in to the bios every time I
boot unless I clear the CMOS with a jumper. And then after I get in,
it freezes after a few seconds.

So I went to fry's and bought another mobo with the same IDE raid
controller chipset (promise with fastrack100), hoping that I would be
able to access my data. I thought in theory that one raid controller
would see a raid array in the same way that another raid controller
would, similarily to the way different motherboards can read different
hard drives. Not so, as I find out.

The second board acknowledged that there was a raid array attached,
but can't boot off of it or read the data. Formatting the raid array
is the only
option it would offer me. After doing some digging I found this...
"Hardware RAID controllers use proprietary data formats on their
component drives. So you while can usually move a drive set from one
particular (make & model) RAID controller to another of the same make
& model, you can't interchange drive sets between differing RAID
controllers, nor can you normally place drives already containing data
on a RAID controller and have it understand the content."

The company that manufactures the new mobo confirmed this, telling me
that even different models of motherboards that they produce will not
read the raid arrays in the same way. So my data is stranded and I am
forced to buy the exact same hard to find, discontinued motherboard
that failed me in the first place just so that I can access my data.
Now that this model of motherboard has had a catastophic failure on
me, i'm sure I will get rid of the second one immediately after I get
my stuff off of there.

But how I wish that I had never ever used the raid array in the first
place. Imagine how much easier my situation wouild be now. I'm sure
that I have spent way more time trying to retrieve my data already
than the collective nanoseconds saved accessing my data with a raid
array in place. I had no idea tha they were so tempermental to the
specifics of the
hardware controllers. It just isn't worth it to me.


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