Problems formatting old RAID-0 HDD

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  1. Huniken

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    Well I removed both of my old 500GB HDDs from my R2 and put in Disk0 the Vertex 3 SSD and and in Disk1 the 500GB that was previously in Disk0 in RAID0. The other 500GB that used to be in Disk1 had a failure and I had to remove it, that's why I upgraded to SSD (hopefully it doesn't die on me).

    Now I tried to Initialize the HDD to format it with MBR but it keeps saying no file found, what is the meaning of this? Also it doesn't report it as a 500GB but as the old RAID-0 capacity of 932GB, how come it shows that?:confused:

    Sorry but this is the first time I come across such a problem. Mind you that when I was still using the HDDs in RAID-0 the error message showed up on BIOS screen Disk1 having a reading error but windows was boot-able and no problems except in C++ run time. Windows didn't crash and I was able to play games like Mass effect 3 without crashing or anything, so is it possible that my Disk1 HDD was still in good condition?
     
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    I'm not sure how to break a RAID array but try formatting the 500GB HDD in an external drive bay and see if it that works.

    edit: Actually, I'd try going into Disk Management and deleting the volume on the HDD then formatting. That should get rid of the RAID metadata. If not, then try the external bay.
     
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    I think I will try an external bay method. I used the windows Disc to try to format it, it did it but once in windows looks like nothing changed.
     
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    Did you delete the volume before formatting?
     
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    No....I just clicked "Format"....do I need to do that?!:confused:
     
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    I think you might need to delete the volume to break the RAID array since the RAID metadata is there. I'll look into it to see if that's the case.
     
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    I'm gonna try to do that now, thanks so far for your input :)
     
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    Guys, I'm still stuck with this HDD, when I load into WIN7 install disk I see it as a 500GB HDD but it shows that it is in HDD0 and not in HDD1 which is the opposite really. I deleted the volume then I hit new, format it then deleted the volume again, hit new decreased 1mb just to be sure, format then back to windows.

    It STILL shows up as a 952GB HDD and won't format, it says missing file. When it gets Initialized it shows in HDD1 (which is correct).

    Do I have to use a special program to break this OEM RAID-0 array?:confused:
     
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    I downloaded WD diagnostics tools and tried to write zeros to the HDD, it skips lots and finishes in 3 seconds flat, HDD seems IMO to be dead, I trash them both.:mad:
     
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    That's odd indeed. That means the RAID array metadata's not getting erased? I wish I could be of more help but I have very limited experience with RAID. Maybe if you switch your SATA operation to AHCI in the BIOS?
     
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