My RAID5 Array seems to be broken by possibly a bad windows shutdown a couple weeks ago. I can no longer see the drive in Windows.
Ok so my first question is
a) Given that each drive(3) is healthy and working, can I clone each drive with Ghost and use the cloned drives as my test dummies to troubleshoot my issue?
Does anyone have any advice for the complete story below?
I have 3 2TB in a RAID5 setup. One day the PC just shut off but then booting back into windows 8, it would never come up. I removed all power cables from the RAID drives. Windows 8 comes up right away. Figure I would come back to it in a couple weeks(me being in denial not wanting to deal with it).
Now I have to deal with it. In the Silicon 3114 RAID controller BIOS, it shows the L001 drive as an Invalid drive. The M001 drives are reserved (image). Windows shows nothing. I plug them into the motherboard via non-raid setup and all drives come up but one comes up as 4TB RAW with a drive letter (image).
When I put a replacement drive in, it does not rebuild the RAID5. See images.
Sil3114 SATARAID5 Manager image
This program shows the new drive is set for pass-through (bypass raid). I do not know how to fix this. But the only option in the program I can do is "Create RAID Group" which I don't want to do.
So I hook everything back to the way it was, correct channel, cable, drive, etc. SATARAID5 shows this group in a legacy RG0? (image). I get no option to Rebuild, it's grayed out, same with the spare.
Does anyone know what this means? I have important photography on here I can't risk to lose so before I bring this to a DR I want to see if there is anything I can do. The data is there as I tried to do a file recovery when HDD's were connected straight to windows. Thumbnails look fine but the image is corrupted when looking at them. Has anyone experience a drive saying Invalid RAID drive on the Silicon 3114? Can I choose convert legacy? If I go into Device Summary it shows all drives as Healthy.
I'm a network guy so RAID is my weak spot.
Here is a link to the SATARAID5 manual
In order for me to use this utility in Windows 8 I had to install the latest version of Java, then run command as an administrator and execute the java file from there. My UAC is already off which I couldn't figure out why it wasn't opening.