I will try to explain as well as I can. My friend has been having some slight computer problems lately so I went over to take a look. The first problem that the screen would get a lot of jibberish on it. Pixels or what ever. I tried a new cable and uninstalled and reinstalled the driver and no go. I installed a new driver and the same. Finally I tried a new video card and it worked great. That is just the first of the problem. I then noticed that one of his hdd on his raid 1 had gone bad so I took it out and got it replaced. In the meantime when I restarted his computer it did a disc check and did some things I had never seen before but it completed the check on the good disc. All seemed to be working well until a few days ago he said that his music was doing crazy things so I went over to take another look. I played a song and it would start in the middle of the song and play a whole nother song. I would play Queen and Celine would come on but it would start in the middle of one of her songs. Not all the songs are like that though. We never did count but I would venture to say at least half are still good. I then just out of curiosity went to his pictures and they also had problems. A couple of them would show up and the others would not. They still showed they had 1.6mb or 2mb in each folder for the pictures but nothing would show up. He mentioned something about some power surges but he is proteced with a battery backup ups from APC. What does it sound like to you?

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first, an UPC is no guarantee, especially if the modem is not plugged into it.

I am not super-familiar with RAID, but I do know how it works. basically it saves data across all disks using alogrithyms to restore bad data. if you remove one drive, then some of the data will be... missing.

you will need to run a RAID recovery tool. hopefully there is already one running on the computer right now. check in the little bar beside the clock. else you may need to find one. try freewarefiles.com or best freewaredownloads.com sorry, that is the limit of my knowledge on the subject. but at least you have a heads-up on what might have happened.

this thread below explains how raid works.
basically, you used a striped array and split the data. half of it is gone with the old HDD you threw out. you maight be able to recover it. but let me know if you need any further help trying.

just for right now, STOP changing or saving anything to that PC. it could cause problems if you want to recover the lost data.



A raid one is a mirror array. What is on one is on the other. A raid 0 you would lose data but not on a raid 1. The new drive is installed and the data has been written to the new drive.


you had not specified the array type in your previous post. and your problems are symptomatic of split drives rather than mirrored ones. what else have you found so far that may help?


Umm.. yes they did: "noticed that one of his hdd on his raid 1 had gone bad..."
It could be that your RAID controller is having a near-death experience, like the vid card. It may be having trouble doing dual disk reads? I would split the array, back out of RAID and see if one disk alone will work correctly.


he first problem that the screen would get a lot of jibberish on it. Pixels or what ever

Sounds like a classic symptom of an overheated GPU.
Maybe his PC is too warm and its cooking his parts?

Check the drives SMART status and it will tell you its health including temperature.


When the other hdd was out of the computer and running without the raid it did the same thing.


I wonder what I could try to see if it is a codec issue?

Try downloading another player. I would recommend VLC player. It has most codecs and it solved my WMP issues... Ie No codecs available. He that does the same thing them most likely your data is corrupt.


And since you have one drive out try slaving it in another PC - that will test the software issue.

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