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Computer Help: What Is A Raid Controller?  
User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3966 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1878 times:

A few days ago I disconnected everything from the back of my computer so I clean all the dust out that built up on the inside of the tower. Since I did this everytime I turn on the computer the found new hardware wizard comes up saying it found new hardware, a RAID controller. What is a RAID controller and how do I stop this messege from coming up everytime I turn on the computer?

PS: I didn't install any new hardware before or after I duested out the inside of the computer tower


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User currently offlineJamesbaldwyn From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

Just ask ol' wiki  Smile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redundant_array_of_independent_disks


User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

Did you knock or undo any of the cables inside the tower?

Adam


User currently offlineWSOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

You do not need to worry or bother about it. If you have just one drive, the RAID has no function. Just keep on hitting Enter and check "don't want to install this device no more" at one point. You'll then notice an exclamation mark in the Device Manager when you check it out, but that does not matter.

User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3966 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1856 times:

Quoting BA757 (Reply 2):
Did you knock or undo any of the cables inside the tower?

I don't think I did. I used a can of compressed air and just blew all the dust out.

Quoting WSOY (Reply 3):
You do not need to worry or bother about it. If you have just one drive,

Actually I have 2 drives a C and D drive. I use the D drive for not but Microsoft Flight simulator stuff. Everything else goes on the C drive.



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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8615 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1851 times:

Quoting WSOY (Reply 3):
You do not need to worry or bother about it. If you have just one drive, the RAID has no function. Just keep on hitting Enter and check "don't want to install this device no more" at one point. You'll then notice an exclamation mark in the Device Manager when you check it out, but that does not matter.

 checkmark  Easiest solution, it'd just be one more entry in your immaterial diary of funny things PCs and Windows set you up with.

Quoting Dragon-wings (Reply 4):
Actually I have 2 drives a C and D drive. I use the D drive for not but Microsoft Flight simulator stuff. Everything else goes on the C drive.

It's a bit tricky, this. The RAID controller controls (gee...  Silly ) the physical devices called hard disk drives, but the things Windows calls separate hard disk drives are often mere partitions on one physical device.



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User currently offlineRichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1840 times:

Quoting WSOY (Reply 3):
RAID has no



Quoting Aloges (Reply 5):
Easiest solution, it'd just be one more entry in your immaterial diary of funny things PCs and Windows set you up with.

Yes and no...its possible to have a single drive with two partitions acting as a raid config,...but for this conversation it sounds as though you are correct.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8615 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

Quoting RichPhitzwell (Reply 6):
its possible to have a single drive with two partitions acting as a raid config

Now that I think of it, I can imagine it. But would you need an on-board controller (which seems to be what he's got) for that?



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User currently offlineRichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1785 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 7):
Now that I think of it, I can imagine it. But would you need an on-board controller (which seems to be what he's got) for that?

The answer is maybe. Its strictly a software issue at that point, but I dont believe OS's offer this option out right therefore a card is used just to initiate said raid. With the cost of HDD's so low, this technique is almost dead (if it was ever alive to begin with).

He did say he had two HDD's but it implies by his statement that they were never setup as any type of raid. Of course, he may not know and therefore he is implying incorrectly.

If I was him and lazy, I would ultimately unplug one hdd and then boot up. if it does boot up and still has both a c and d hdd drive, he had raid. If it doesn't boot up, I would plug back in, unplug the other and repeat. Yes there are better ways, but this is a simple way.

Of course if he doesn't have anything critical, well Jesus saves often to DVD's. Why bother with the hassle of raid unless its performance your after....

My two cents


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