Re-create Array without Initialize Procedure on Hardware Intel® RAID Controllers Using Ctrl-G RAID BIOS


Install & Setup



What am I seeing?

The Redundant array of independent disks (RAID) array is no longer online

Why am I seeing it?

Some of the possible scenarios are:

  • A drive is removed by mistake on a healthy array.
  • The Drive Status changed from online to Unconfigured Bad* after a power outage.
  • The volume is no longer recognized.

What's the environment?

  • Hardware Intel® RAID Controllers
  • Redundancy RAID arrays

How to fix it

Although the steps below may work, they may not, depending on circumstances. Therefore, this procedure is provided as a last resort. Needless to say, ensure that data is backed up and secure in the event it needs to be restored.

  1. From the Home Page, go into the Configuration Wizard and proceed as follows:
    1. If the RAID BIOS no longer recognizes the volume, but the drives do, you need to clear the configuration.

      Clear the configuration

    2. When prompted if you're sure, click Yes.

      Click on Yes

  2. Go back into the Configuration Wizard and proceed as follows:
    1. If you're certain no defective drive exists, using the same disks, proceed with re-creating the same array/volume (see the next screenshot), as initially done.

      New Configuration

    2. Select Manual Configuration.

      Manual Configuration

    3. Follow the on-screen instructions, including the saving of the configuration:

      Save this Configuration

    4. Important: When prompted to initialize, make sure that you don't click Yes. Rather, choose No.

      Click on yes

  3. Exit the RAID BIOS and restart the system.
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