What happens if you attempt to enter RAID BIOS (Ctrl+G) with no drives connected?
Please specify the original, working RAID array configuration.
When you say you lost the RAID configuration after installing Windows 7, did you configure the array on the hardware controller before any OS was installed, or did you *re*-install the OS and was the array configured in software?
"What happens if you attempt to enter RAID BIOS (Ctrl+G) with no drives connected?"
I cannot do this. This raid card 'does not play well' with my Asus MBD. I had to put it in another Intel based MBD to bring up that utility. I read the docs to see if there was a menu where i could load the last known good configuration but nothing was available. No config was saved automatically in the Raid Web Console(in windows) either.
"Please specify the original, working RAID array configuration."
4 x 3TB Raid 5. About 8.1TB of space with about 795GB left. I filled the rest.
"When you say you lost the RAID configuration after installing Windows 7, did you configure the array on the hardware controller before any OS was installed, or did you *re*-install the OS and was the array configured in software?"
The array was already configured and working properly since about Oct 2011. I unplugged the SAS cable(from the card) prior to the install of Win7 because i was testing a new unattended install on my machine and didn't want to accidently format the Raid.
After reboot i received a message from the controller that the drives were now missing and to press C to open the configuration utility. Which i did. Then it promoted me to press Y to confirm this. What i missed (from it being late and tired) is that pressing Y might clear the current configuration. Which it did.
I told Intel support in a follow up email i received yesterday...
"I should not have been able to clear the current configuration so easily. I should have only been able to do that from with inside the configuration utility."
Intel live support instructed me to take another drive, remove one of the old drives, create a new virtual drive, create a spanned volume and make a hotspare. That it would rebuild all the data. But do not reinitialize the disks. Since i didn't want to blow away the virtual drive i removed 1 drive, spanned and created a hotspare but it didn't work. I also tried to put the raid card into another machine, press Ctrl + G and rebuild. But the rebuild will not work. And there was no saved configuration either.
Right now i am using Bitmart Restorer Ultimate that is scanning the raid and will allow me to extract the files when complete. I have had a 100% success rate in the past with this program when it was called Bitmart Restorer 2000. I will update this again when i have more to report.