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I recall such a problem with certain versions of IDU (even had it myself with a DG45ID) so have you checked you are using the latest version for YOUR BOARD (available for the downlaods for your board)? Also, are you using UEFI booting? If you don't already have the latest compatible version installed, make sure you uninstall the existing version fully before installing the new one.
[Edit: As for sorting the Hard disk drive issue, back everything up from it that you can (as the next step may end up wiping the drives contents) and run the HDD manufacturers diagnostics program on it (with Samsung HDDs that's ESTOOLS) available from their website. A 'zero fill' (which wipes the drive totally clear better than a format will ever do) has resurected several suspect drives for me over the years and at the least it'll tell you if your drive is defective. It'd also be worth double checking all the cables are correctly plugged in and in good order.]
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What version of Intel(R) Desktop Utilities (IDU) did you attempt to use? You might want to try using the latest release (3.2.2.046a); it isn't officially supported on this board (simply because we don't do any validation on boards that are past their end-of-life date) - and it will say that the board isn't supported during its install - but it should, in theory, work since other Intel Quiet System Technology-based boards are still supported and validated...
I am not sure whether IDU will provide you with any additional information for your particular problem. If the failed drive is actually predicting its own demise, then it's true that you will see an alert from IDU. Other than that, however, it isn't going to help you much. Have you tried using the latest version of the Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology driver package? It provides some capabilities for drive failure analysis...
Thanks for the coments and suggestions, guys. I'm running the latest IDU listed for this board, which is clearly not the latest available that might work with it. I may try that.
Intel doesn't list any RAID management tools at all for that MOBO that I can see, just drivers, which I don't need. Are you saying the driver package is more than just drivers, it includes management software as well? Gee, that's intuitively obvious...
And I'm pretty much positive I'm not running UEFI booting.
I was hoping there was some way to access the RAID from an OS-level utility that tells me a little about its status and that of the hard drives. Not seeing anything. And the BIOS-level interface doesn't offer anything either. Looks like I may be stuck pulling the error-flagged drive out and running hard drive diagnostics on it as a normal SATA drive. BTW, I'm not seeing a SMART warning, I'm seeing the BIOS RAID setup telling me one drive has failed. Not clear exactly what that means -- is it a RAID failure or a drive failure of some sort?
I experienced the same problem as described above, I fix it by updating most of the Intel drivers that my system uses to the latest version. With the exception of the Chipset driver package, I used version of the Intel's software installers that were released after support for my motherboard was dropped.
When a motherboard is moved to the unsupported list, test are no longer ran to ensure update drivers work correctly. On one hand, untested drivers often work just fine, and sometimes even better than a previous version. But on the other hand, faulty drivers are an open invitation for the blue screen of death to stop by for a game of let's restart this reboot. ... Use at your own risk ...
note : I doubt that steps 1 thru 6 are necessary. to fix the problem, but I haven't test that theroy.
- Forced an update of the INF drivers to version 9.3 by running setup with the -overwrite switch.(Intel® Chipset Device Software)
- Updated LAN drivers to version 17 (Intel® PROSet)
- Updated the Raid drivers to version 11.6.(Intel® RST)
- Uninstalled old version of Intel® IDU.
- Uninstalled old version of Intel® SMBus driver.
- Installed vers 3.2.4 of the Intel® Desktop Utilities (Which also installs a new version of the Intel® SMBus driver).
That was 2 weeks ago and my system has been running perfectly since then.
Motherboard & Bios Main Board Model DP55WG Main Board Version AAE57269-405 BIOS Version KGIBX10J.86A.5936.2011.0630.2250 BIOS Release Date 6/30/2011 Drivers Intel (R) Desktop Utilities Version 3.4.2.055b Intel (R) SMBus Driver Version 126.96.36.199
Intel® RST driver
RAID option ROM version
Sound Disabled - using 3rd party sound card Video Disabled - using 3rd party video card Intel® Chipset Device Software Version 188.8.131.529 Intel® PROset 64 bit Network drivers Version 184.108.40.206