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Asus P6t Deluxe - RAID Failure won't boot

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I'm relatively new to this, so any help would be greatly appreciated. I built this rig a few years ago and I haven't had any problems. Everything was working fine yesterday, but today I turned on my computer and it won't boot up. I get the following message:

Reboot and Select proper boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key

I have 3 hard drives:
HD // 2 Seagate Barracuda 500GB ES.2 7200 RPM SATA (RAID 0)
Model: ST3500320NS
HD2 // 1 Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.12 RPM SATA
Model: ST3500410AS

Storage Information: Configure SATA as RAID
Boot device priority: 1st Boot device: RAID: ST3500410AS
2nd Boot device: disabled

Intel Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM utility:
RAID Volume:
ID: 0 Name: hd0 Level: RAID0(Stripe) Strip: 128KB Size: 931.5GB
Status: Failed Bootable: No

Physical Disks:
Port: 1 Drive Model: ST3500410AS Serial#: 5VM0ADHS Size: 465.7GB
Type/Status: Non-RAID Disk

Port: 2 Drive Model: ST3500320NS Serial#: 9QM8E507 Size: 465.7GB
Type/Status: Member Disk(0)

On POST, it says no hard disk is detected

I really hope that one of my hard drives is not fried. I recently did a cleaning, but everything has been working fine in the couple of days since then.

Not really sure how to proceed. How can I determine if one of my hard drives is damaged? How can I tell which one is damaged? I'm trying to figure out where Windows is installed, but I'm not really sure.

Thanks a lot for your help!!!!

CPU // Intel Core i7 920
MOBO // ASUS P6T Deluxe
RAM // Corsair Dominator 3x2 GB DDR3 1600
COOLER // Vigor Monsoon III 120mm Fan
HD // 2 Seagate Barracuda 500GB ES.2 7200 RPM SATA (RAID 0)
HD2 // 1 Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.12 RPM SATA
CASE // Thermaltake Spedo 0.8mm Steel
PSU // Antec NeoPower 650W
OS // Windows 7
DVD BURNER // Samsung SH-S223Q (SATA)
GRAPHICS // EVGA GeForce 9500 GT 512MB
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Before doing any testing I suggest that you try and secure any important data on the HDDs using Puppy Linux, see below

***Required Hardware***
CD Burner (CDRW) Drive,
Blank CD,
Extra Storage Device (USB Flash Drive, External Hard Drive)


1. Save these files to your Desktop/Burn Your Live CD:
  • Download Latest Puppy Linux ISO (i.e.: lupu-520.iso)
    Download BurnCDCC ISO Burning Software

  • Open BurnCDCC with Windows Explorer
  • Extract All files to a location you can remember
  • Double Click Posted Image BurnCDCC
  • Click Browse Posted Image and navigate to the Puppy Linux ISO file you just downloaded
  • Open/Double Click that file
    IMPORTANT: Adjust the speed bar to CD: 4x DVD: 1x
  • Click Start Posted Image
  • Your CD Burner Tray will open automatically
  • Insert a blank CD and close the tray
  • Click OK
Puppy Linux Live CD will now be created
2. Set your boot priority in the BIOS to CD-ROM first, Hard Drive Second
  • Start the computer/press the power button
  • Immediately start tapping the appropriate key to enter the BIOS, aka "Setup"
    (Usually shown during the "Dell" screen, or "Gateway" Screen)
  • Once in the BIOS, under Advanced BIOS Options change boot priority to:
    CD-ROM 1st, Hard Drive 2nd
  • Open your ROM drive and insert the disk
  • Press F10 to save and exit
  • Agree with "Y" to continue
  • Your computer will restart and boot from the Puppy Linux Live CD

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3. Recover Your Data
  • Once Puppy Linux has loaded, it is actually running in your computer's Memory (RAM). You will see a fully functioning Graphical User Interface similar to what you normally call "your computer". Internet access may or may not be available depending on your machine, so it is recommended you print these instructions before beginning. Also, double clicking is not needed in Puppy. To expand, or open folders/icons, just click once. Puppy is very light on resources, so you will quickly notice it is much speedier than you are used to. This is normal. Ready? Let's get started.

    3a. Mount Drives
  • Click the Mount Icon located at the top left of your desktop. Posted Image
  • A Window will open. By default, the "drive" tab will be forward/highlighted. Click on Mount for your hard drive.
  • Assuming you only have one hard drive and/or partition, there may be only one selection to mount.
  • USB Flash Drives usually automatically mount upon boot, but click the "usbdrv" tab and make sure it is mounted.
  • If using an external hard drive for the data recovery, do this under the "drive" tab. Mount it now.
3b. Transfer Files.
  • At the bottom left of your desktop a list of all hard drives/partitions, USB Drives, and Optical Drives are listed with a familiar looking hard drive icon.
  • Open your old hard drive i.e. sda1
  • Next, open your USB Flash Drive or External Drive. i.e. sdc or sdb1
  • If you open the wrong drive, simply X out at the top right corner of the window that opens. (Just like in Windows)
  • From your old hard drive, drag and drop whatever files/folders you wish to transfer to your USB Drive's Window.
For The Novice: The common path to your pictures, music, video, and documents folders is: Documents and Settings >> All Users (or each idividual name of each user. CHECK All Names!) >> Documents >> You will now see My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos.

Remember to only click once! No double clicking! Once you drag and drop your first folder, you will notice a small menu will appear giving you the option to move or copy. Choose COPY each time you drag and drop.

YOU ARE DONE!!! Simply click Menu >> Mouse Over Shutdown >> Reboot/Turn Off Computer. Be sure to plug your USB Drive into another working windows machine to verify all data is there and transferred without corruption. Congratulations!

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If you're doing this to recovery from a virus or malware infection, (or even if you're not), DO NOT copy executable files (.exe, .scr. etc...) if any of these files are infected you could be copying the corruption over to any new device/computer. just copy documents, pictures, music, or videos.

Note that there might be some other Puppy distros on the page (such as Slacko Puppy), but you need Lucid Puppy (lupu), the Ubuntu-based one. Always make sure you start downloading a file that starts with "lupu"!

This will also determine which drive the OS is on, post back when you have done the above or if you have any questions.
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