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k1llg0r3
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My Samsung Spinpoint f3 crapped out in my RAID 0 config. So, it died but my BIOS still recognizes it but now that I've installed windows on the working Spinpoint, I can't access the dead one. Is there anything I can do to fix it? OR do you guys thin it's time to bury it.

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I think that's a new card, you can always RMA it to Samsung if its still on warranty, about that faulty druve you can bring it to a specialist if your data is that important but it might cause you money.

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The data isn't important, I just don;t want to be out 130 bucks on a hard drive I've only had for 3 months :(

ihatenvidia
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Is it because of the OS? Damn you might need to contact Microsoft on that kind of issue. I know you can install windows 7 on the same computer again and again but I don't know if it'll work if you change hard drives.

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ihatenvidia wrote:Is it because of the OS? Damn you might need to contact Microsoft on that kind of issue. I know you can install windows 7 on the same computer again and again but I don't know if it'll work if you change hard drives.

It will work on changed hard drives. I've done it hundreds of times. You just need to declare that it isn't going on another rig. Microsoft can be mean, but I changed everything in the box (the only saved parts were the case and power supply) and I got the code to activate after talking AT LENGTH with an agent. The tag was on the case, and darn it if it had the tag, it got the OS, right?

On RAID-0, asking for data retrieval is like asking for half of every file. Worthless concept.

Yes, I would look at Samsung for an RMA exchange. They are very easy on getting parts replaced, as they see a part failure as a BAD THING, part of why I like using Samsung equipment. They like to have bulletproof parts that outlive the warranty, and they normally do.

Nick McDermott

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I think I'll try to contact Samsung then about this if not, No more RAID 0 for me :(

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If you are looking for the speed concept of RAID-0, you will always be in danger of one drive killing the entire array, whether it is 2 drives or 10. This is where RAID-5/6 is far more useful in being able to recover from a disk failure, but of course you lose speed having the parity drive in line.

Alternatively, there are newer drives using an SSD slaved to a large magnetic drive, creating a "hybrid" drive. I reviewed the Silverstone HDDBOOST on another site. Pretty slick tech, not as fast as SSD by a long shot, but competing with RAID-0 without the need for multiple big disks.

Anyway, in my own setup, I have a FreeNAS box set up with FTP on the internal network. Whatever the machine, boot the Ultimate Boot CD, launch G4U (Ghost for Unix) which deploys a Linux distro small set and then lets me copy partitions or the entire disk structure to the server for quick retrieval. Great for working on others' PCs, but I also keep my system fully backed up in case I have a drive croak on me.

Nick McDermott