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  • Wed, Jun 22 2011 3:15 PM

    Help needed to format RAID drive

    I've been using a 4TB G-Tech G-RAID drive on a certified laptop-based system and I'm really happy with the performance. So I got another one the other day. Only the new drive does not show a single drive volume in Windows Disk Management but two drive volumes under Disk 1. No amount of formatting can join the two volumes as one. I know the G-RAID contains two physical drives in a RAID setup so I'm starting to suspect that this drive is not set up correctly as RAID.

    Is there any way can format this drive as RAID so that it will operate as a single drive volume like my first G RAID? Using Windows 7 64bit Pro.

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  • Wed, Jun 22 2011 3:23 PM In reply to

    Re: Help needed to format RAID drive

    Ideally you want the drive enclosure to take care of the RAID function and present to windows a single drive. This reduces the work the OS needs to do in managing data.

    On the G Raids there's normally a button on the back that you use to configure the RAID function.

    Changing the function of the RAID will wipe all data on it so you need to get that right first.

    If you have 2 seperate drives you should be able to make them into one vlume in windows. This is a pretty standard thing to do. But it sounds like you need to configure the G-Tech right.

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  • Wed, Jun 22 2011 7:09 PM In reply to

    Re: Help needed to format RAID drive

    Thanks for your reply Pat. I've checked on the back of the drive and even opened up the enclosure but there is no RAID switch anywhere. The only thing Disk Management will allow me to do is to format and set up the two drives as two separate simple volumes with separate drive letters. See attached screen capture.

    Anything else I can try? Could I have a faulty drive perhaps Confused


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  • Wed, Jun 22 2011 7:18 PM In reply to

    Re: Help needed to format RAID drive

    Looks like it's already raided, and just "Partitioned" into two volumes.  Have you tried deleting the partitions, to see what's left afterward?  Also, does G-Tech provide any utility softwre, to modify the RAID?  WD does.

    "... and even opened up the enclosure ..."

    So much for the warranty Embarrassed

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  • Wed, Jun 22 2011 7:30 PM In reply to

    Re: Help needed to format RAID drive

    Here's the weird thing - deleting the two partitions leaves only unallocated space the size of the smallest drive! How is that possible? Yes I did kill the warranty but I'm starting to think there's something fishy about this drive -  there was no eSata cable in the box either... 

    No SW on the disk, just PDF manuals

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  • Wed, Jun 22 2011 7:40 PM In reply to

    Re: Help needed to format RAID drive

    Try their website for downlodable utilities.

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  • Wed, Jun 22 2011 7:43 PM In reply to

    Re: Help needed to format RAID drive

    When you boot up windows and after the bios listings there is a Ctrl J or I

    to enter to RAID utility.

    There you can delete create etc the RAID.

    At least this is the case with my on board RAID.

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  • Wed, Jun 22 2011 9:23 PM In reply to

    Re: Help needed to format RAID drive

    Problem solved! The G-Techs come pre-formatted for Mac. Here is the solution. Thanks for all the replies, much appreciated everyone

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