My boot is showing an error with the Raid - Nvidia stripe. I'm getting NTDLR missing but I'm assuming that's because the bios can't see a hard drive to boot from. The Vista recovery console tells me there's no hard drive. This happened yesterday and then the problem went away. Is one of my drives/both drives dead? They're nearly two years old so I wouldn't be astonished, but before yesterday there was no clue that they were sick.
Kate B its suspicious isn't it. You have to update the BIOS in order for Vista to detect your RAID array and 2 days later hard drive failure. I don't know if the hard drive diagnosics would work with Vista. Its worth a try. It can happen as I'm sure you realise but I personally wouldn't assume that just because the hard drives appear to be failing under Vista that that is actually the case especially bearing in mind the RAID issue but am unsure as to how you would test it. Before you dispose of them, and I realise this will be time consumming, I would be tempted to blank the PC again, install XP and try that for a couple of days. Before you do that though, if I remember correctly your Vista is a full version and therefore you are entitled to support from Microsoft and I would certainly think it is worth a couple of calls to them before you do anything else. If there is some problem with RAID it stands to reason that if this is what is causing it that Microsoft would have heard something about it by now even if they have no solution. They are after all not just dealing with PCs from the UK but from all over the world and subsequently should have more knowledge of problems.
OK, it's official, I'm the luckiest woman on the planet. After the woes detailed here, I noticed it was a bit chilly. Radiators had gone off, the boiler was running but had no flame and there was a bit of a funny smell :(
I ran a bit more water into it but it wouldn't come back to life. Then finally I reset it - and bingo! It's alive! No need to give the boiler repair man half my savings tomorrow! *does jig of joy*