1. Changing the Write back from enabled to disabled, didn't solve the problem. Three weeks, no problems and now this error (2nd drive failed) pops up again.
2. Setting the 2nd drive in the management program to accept the failed drive again starts rebuilding and finishes without problems.
3. The first drive has never failed
4. Changing the used SATA cable to another connector doesn't change the fact that the 2nd drive fails again (remind this drive has been exhanged more than once.
Someone has a clue or usefull advice?
In other thread I have provided my findings in this still ongoing problem:
Compressing these findings:
- The software reports drive 2 to be reported as failed, though the actual bad guy is drive 1 (called iastor0 as observed in the logs).
- Neither of the drives report a failure while testing with factory disgnostic tools.
- Using the latest version 7 for this system shows the software is protecting data while gettin gready in Windows (XP SP3).
- Watching boot sequence the RAID screen shows both drives being Normal but the volume to be "Degraded" (started last week)
- Once restarted the RAID screen shows "Rebuild" for this volume.
- After Windows installed itself the Storage Manager starts rebuilding and completes without issues.
- The changes I made to prevent interference by the bad HP and corrupting SEARCH software only were good for clean logs on those programs.
- The RAID ROM has become defective
- The RAID ROM (obviously) is not upgradable (no EEPROM or FLASH as the BIOS is)
- The RAID software (version 4, 5 and 7) have flaws making all these problems occur
- Software RAID is nice as long as it works but it is cumbersome to switch from Intel RAID to any other software RAID (incompatiblility and therefore only a totally new installation perhaps might solve the issue.
I also observed that a lot of issues are reported on RAID but almost nobody seems interested in offering help or advise.
Even no chime in from Intel support!
Anyway I hope my findings may help someboby to solve his RAID1 problem.
I won't invest more time in it, can use my time better.
RAID on a software only basis is totally over for me.
Perhaps cheap while on board, but in the long run too expensive (time).