I have a Dell XPS 700 and I am redoing it with Windows Vista 64-bit and trying to set up a RAID 1 Array using two WD Raptor 300GB drives. I have the drives in SATA 0 and 1 slots and set to "RAID On" in the BIOS, I found the drives in the nVidia MediaShield startup (post level) utility and set up a RAID 1 array. Vista Ultimate 64-Bit found and installed to the drive/array.
However, after restart the system hangs at the MediaShield prompt (right at the end of POST).
MediaShield POM BIOS 9.83
0 Rebuild NVIDIA Mirror 279.46G
Press Ctrl-N to Enter RAID setup Utility
It quickly seems to hang after this. I have left it at this point overnight and it never gets past it. If I IMMEDIATELY hit ctrl-n it will take me into the utility which shows the array:
MediaShield BIOS (Dell) April 13 2007
Boot column is checked
Status says "rebuild" (I think this may be the problem - is it stuck on rebuild?)
Vendor - nVidia
Array - Mirror
Size - 279.46G
When I enter at this point it takes me to the next screen where I can see the two drives in the array:
Array 1: nVidia Mirror 279.46G
RAID Mode: Mirrored
Stripe Width: 1
Stripe Block: 64k
Port - SATA 0 Index - 0 Disk Model - WDC WD3000GLFS-01F8U0 Capacity 279.46G
Port - SATA 1 Index - 1 Disk Model - WDC WD3000GLFS-01F8U0 Capacity 279.46G
In there I have options to delete the Array, etc.
I am not sure what is happening, but I think the Array is "stuck" in Rebuild mode? Does that make any sense? Any ideas how to get past this? Do I need to start over? So far all I have invested is the time for the Vista install and 500MBs of update downloads/installs.
Thank you in advance for any help!
Did you ever figure this problem out? I am getting ready to attempt a hd swap to my raid and am curious as to what piftalls I may encounter.
Well, I never really cnfirmed the exact cause, but I thik there was a problem with the Dell array and the WD Raptor 300GB drives.
I finally swapped them out for a pair of "non-Raptor" (WD Blacks) and everything has been fine since.
The Raptor drives showed no errors and are both now in other machines performing perfectly.
I hope this helps.