THE MAIN QUESTION
Will I be able to get to my data if I reset a RAID1 disk to non-RAID? Or will windows not understand the disk anymore? And could I then recreate the RAID1 array based on that disk without problems?
I have a RAID1 array consisting of 2 disks: (windows is not on this array)
HDD at port 4
HDD at port 5
I have the following motherboard:
Yesterday the HDD at port 5 of my RAID1 failed. Went to the store, got a new one (same specs, different brand) and placed it in my pc at the same port as the broken one once was (port 5).
When I boot, the Intel Storage Manager in BIOS says that my RAID1 array "failed".
Once I open Intel Storage Manager in windows, I can see the Non-RAID disk I inserted and that the problematic disk is not available anymore (since I removed it of course from port 5 and replaced it). However, the manual says I can right click on the new non-RAID disk to rebuild the RAID on that disk. This option is NOT shown for some reason.
I want to rebuild the RAID1 array using my new HDD (on port 5) and the old good HDD (on port 4)l. All my data should still be on that good HDD (port 4), but I have no idea how to rebuild the array. I absolutely can not lose my data!!!
When I start the Intel Storage Manager utility in BIOS using <ctrl+I>, I have 4 options.
1. Create RAID Volume
2. Delete RAID Volume
3. Reset Disks to non-RAID
I know that deleting it will make me lose my data. But does anyone have any idea what resetting does? Am I still able to see my data, if I reset my good HDD to non-RAID? Will there be any problems?
Maybe I can reset the good disk (at port 4) and in windows create a new RAID1 volume based on existing disk at port 4 (where my data still is) together with the new one (at port 5).
EDIT: I read somewhere that you will not lose your data, but only metadata for RAID. But somewhere else people say you will lose data. I am almost sure you will only lose metadata for RAID, but I mostly wonder if I can easily access the data and if I can let it participate in a new RAID1 volume with the new inserted disk.
Something about it causing problems but just deleting metadata.
I quote: "When a disk in the RAID volume is reset to non-RAID, RAID metadata is erased. However, partition table and file system related data still exists, which may be invalid."
My concern is mostly that the file system and partition table will be invalid. But since this is a RAID1 disk (which is an exact copy) it should be fine... right?
REPORT FROM INTEL STORAGE MANAGER