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Thread: BIOS update issue




  1. #11
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    Default Re: BIOS update issue

    Sad you had to do that, a bios update should not brick your OS installation.

    the other oddity and I would test before you install all your software is to unplug one of the drives and re-boot, a RAID1 should allow 1 drive to be missing and the system should still operate.

    if you cannot operate with a missing drive (Which is the point of a RAID1 under a hardware failure, but remember to break the mirror) then use the second drive as a backup drive, I have suggestions on how to create a near "hot Backup" of your system with 2 individual drives without a RAID array.

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
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  2. #12
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    Default Re: BIOS update issue

    thanks Vin - so is your suggestion not to add the second drive as RAID 1 - right now its just running on 1 drive...
    i just need to have a back up

    Sue

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinster View Post
    Sad you had to do that, a bios update should not brick your OS installation.

    the other oddity and I would test before you install all your software is to unplug one of the drives and re-boot, a RAID1 should allow 1 drive to be missing and the system should still operate.

    if you cannot operate with a missing drive (Which is the point of a RAID1 under a hardware failure, but remember to break the mirror) then use the second drive as a backup drive, I have suggestions on how to create a near "hot Backup" of your system with 2 individual drives without a RAID array.

    Vin

  3. #13
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    Default Re: BIOS update issue

    If I were you, I would do more testing with the RAID1 before you rely on it. the Point of a RAID1 is to protect you from a hard disk failure.

    If 1 disk fails, all you should have to do is re-boot, go in the raid controller bios, break the mirror and re-boot... when you have the replacement disk, shutdown, pop it in, go to the raid configuration, rebuild then re-boot.

    that is how it's suppose to work. Flashing a bios should not obliterate your raid. But what is your protection level if you have a software failure? or File error? What if 1 ram stick or slot fails, corrupting every file you open? (Has happened to me)

    For that a RAID1 would do nothing for you... you just end up with 2 bad files. 90% of the time you see a HD failure coming as it will get flaky before it dies.. Where a file corruption or loss happens in a blink.

    Here is my recommendation,

    1) Get your system configured and running the way you want it on 1 disk
    2) Open Control Panel > Backup and Restore
    3) Create a Full backup of C Drive and all system settings and store it on your secondary drive
    - - - This will create a "WindowsImageBackup" folder on your second drive
    4) if disaster of your OS strikes do the following (Lets say the disk fails)
    - - - a) replace the disk with either the same size or larger
    - - - b) insert your Win7 Installation disk like you would a new installation
    - - - c) once you get to the screen that says "Install Now", on the bottom left select "Repair My Computer"
    - - - d) that will look for backups of your Operating system, it will find it on your secondary drive and then you just follow the prompts to recover your OS

    Now your OS is recovered.

    as for your documents and E-Mail there are many file backup/copy/mirror utilities out there, I like "FreeFileSync" and/or "Teracopy" based on the specific task, from time to time copy your "USER" folder from C:\USER to your secondary drive

    after your restore, just copy from your backup back to your C Drive and that will restore the remainder of your system.

    If you install more software or games as time passes, just re-run the Backup and Restore utility to keep your "WindowsImageBackup" fresh.

    With Windows7, this is the most sure way of keeping your system and files secure.

    Hope that helps you

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 4x PNY 120GB Raid 0
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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