Question Suddenly unable to boot to M.2 raid 0

v.korpelshoek

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Hello all,

Yesterday I was using my PC just fine. Today I wanted to boot it up again like normal but now it suddenly said there was no boot option available. Then I go into the bios and see that no M.2 card is being recognized. I go to the advanced tabs and do see under Intel Rapid Storage Technology that the RAID volume was connected and successfully working. Tried to boot it up again but still said no boot option available. Then I tried: clearing CMOS, replugging in both M.2 cards, loading UEFI defaults, and last I tried switching back to AHCI mode. When I had AHCI mode enabled and went into the BIOS again, it saw both of my M.2 cards connected, this is when I changed it back to RAID mode. Went into BIOS with RAID mode and the drives were gone again. Now under Intel Rapid Storage Technology tab, it said the drive was connect but now has FAILED. I was tweaking some settings like 'Use RST Legacy OROM' which I have no idea what it does, but when having that setting enabled, it did recognize my M.2 cards but I was not able to boot from it. Another setting I touched was setting M2 RST PCIe Storage Remapping from enabled to disabled. Same thing happend, it recognized both M.2 cards, but it did not want to boot from it, even though it is in RAID mode.

So with that being said, is there any way to make it bootable again? I do not think any of the cards has died since I literally only have the two M.2 cards for about a week. If it is NOT able to boot again, is there any way to recover data from it?

If it helps explaining things to me, I have ASRock motherboard.

Thanks a lot for helping guys,

Vincent
 

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So with that being said, is there any way to make it bootable again? I do not think any of the cards has died since I literally only have the two M.2 cards for about a week. If it is NOT able to boot again, is there any way to recover data from it?
Without even getting into why a RAID 0 with M.2 drives (which ones?)....a RAID 0 should never be run without a known good backup, and procedures on how to recover.
That is, if you care about the data in any way.


Recover that?
Possibly Reclaime
https://www.reclaime.com/library/how-to-recover-raid.aspx

or R-Studio
 

v.korpelshoek

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Without even getting into why a RAID 0 with M.2 drives (which ones?)....a RAID 0 should never be run without a known good backup, and procedures on how to recover.
That is, if you care about the data in any way.


Recover that?
Possibly Reclaime
https://www.reclaime.com/library/how-to-recover-raid.aspx

or R-Studio
The reason why was for faster speeds and more storage on one drive. I know RAID 0 is not supposed to be run without backup BUT I assumed that was because of drive failure. No way a SSD (Samsung 1TB M.2 970 EVO) dies in one week. I was still setting things up for backup, but I was not finished yet. It never occurred to me there was such a hurry to backup files already...

Do you have any idea I can make it boot again, without reinstalling windows?
 

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In a RAID 0, data loss is not just from physical drive fail, but any type of data corruption or array config loss.

Faster speeds?
well....
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-950-pro-256gb-raid-report,4449.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-raid-benchmark,3485.html

Also, a RAID 0 was never meant to be the OS drive.

Space?
1TB + 1TB + RAID 0 = 2TB
1TB + 1TB + no RAID = 2TB, just 2 drive letters.

Can you make it boot again? Not without being able to rebuild that array parameters.
And without something to boot from...don't see how.
 

v.korpelshoek

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In a RAID 0, data loss is not just from physical drive fail, but any type of data corruption or array config loss.

Faster speeds?
well....
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-950-pro-256gb-raid-report,4449.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-raid-benchmark,3485.html

Also, a RAID 0 was never meant to be the OS drive.

Space?
1TB + 1TB + RAID 0 = 2TB
1TB + 1TB + no RAID = 2TB, just 2 drive letters.

Can you make it boot again? Not without being able to rebuild that array parameters.
And without something to boot from...don't see how.
I have a SSD which I migrated info from onto the new M.2 cards that was previously booted from. Is there something I can do when I boot into that old SSD that rebuilds that array? Don't know exactly what rebuilding array means but I'll carry on.
 

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I have a SSD which I migrated info from onto the new M.2 cards that was previously booted from. Is there something I can do when I boot into that old SSD that rebuilds that array? Don't know exactly what rebuilding array means but I'll carry on.
You can try that software I linked above.
This will not be an easy process.

But if you migrated from the SSD, and it was only a week ago, you can't have too much new stuff on this now defunct RAID 0.

Personally, I would blow off the RAID 0 completely, and start over with individual drives.
 

v.korpelshoek

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I will try that software once I managed to get the old SSD to boot. Thing is that old SSD was 250GB which I only used for booting and other documents etc. Games and other big size files I put on harddrives which I migrated onto the new M.2's as well (and deleted the files of the HDD's). Yikes.

Next time I won't install windows on RAID 0. Pain in the *ss.
 
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