Linux on Razer Blade Pro

Discussion in 'The Linux Corner' started by nauce, Jan 11, 2017.

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  1. nathanvollmer

    nathanvollmer Member

    First, have you verified that neither SSD has failed? Can you boot into windows still?

    If you can still boot in windows, i know there are file recovery tools out there that identify common file metadata headers, and you might be able to use one of those to recover your stuff. I've only used Winhex, which I'm not sure supports RAID 0.

    If you can't boot into windows, can you boot into the windows recovery command prompt? That might have the RAID 0 drivers you need to interpret the drive. You might be able to fix MBR/uefi record from there too.

    What kind of raid0 controller does the blade pro use? If we could determine that, we might be able to download Linux drivers.
     
  2. fillway

    fillway New Member

    @nathanvollmer

    Neither have failed. I was able to boot into Windows until an untimely hard power-off turned the NTFS partition into a RAW. I know it is fixable- I have had similar problems on other machines, however the issue is that most distros are unable to see the drives due to how new the tech is. This is just on the Windows partition on the drive. The recovery partition is still available. So the data is still *potentially* there. Until that "potential" goes away, I am unwilling to nuke the drive and start over.

    Note that I can boot into the Razer recovery, and not Windows. The entire C partition of the drive is inaccessable and marked as RAW. This is my fault, and I know that it is just a bad partition table or the like and the the data is not actually gone.

    I believe that it uses an Intel raid controller.
     
  3. nathanvollmer

    nathanvollmer Member

    Here's what I suggest:

    Create a USB windows recovery drive, and boot into that. https://www.google.com/amp/www.tech...-prepared-create-a-windows-10-recovery-drive/

    Go into recovery, then use the command prompt.

    Follow these official Microsoft instructions:
    Microsoft solution: Convert RAW hard disk/partition to NTFS format
    This method is majorly offered by Microsft to convert hard disk or partitoin from RAW to NTFS by running cmd command. If you have any important data, do remember to restore them firstly.

    1. Open Command Prompt > Click Run as administrator;
    You may need to type your password or provide confirmation for this method.
    2. Type:convert X(driver letter): /fs:ntfs and hit Enter;
    3. Type: M(the mane of the partition or disk you want to convert to NTFS) and press Enter;
    After this all you need is to wait patiently, the partition will be converted from RAW to NTFS automatically then.
     
  4. fillway

    fillway New Member

    @nathanvollmer

    Won't this essentially format the drive though? The drive WAS already NTFS, but due to corruption it is no longer marked as NTFS. It can easy be fixed with many tools available online, and I have plenty of experience doing so.

    The question I have is if anyone has had experience with getting the stock RAID 0 configuration visible in linux, via baking the correct drivers into the distro.

    I think this is valuable information, and is not available in one place anywhere else online. I would be more than happy to write up a completely tutorial on how to do this as I believe I am not the first nor the last person to run into a similar issue.
     
  5. syscrusher

    syscrusher Member

    I'm afraid I'm not going to be much help here. My RBP had a failed SSD after about two weeks, and I returned it to Razer under RMA for a refund. I now have a different laptop, and although I have the same controller chipset I have a single 2 TB SSD instead of RAID 0.

    My first suggestion is to be sure your Linux boot has the kernel module installed for Intel RST (I forget what "R" stands for, but "ST" is Storage Technology). That should -- theoretically -- make the RAID 0 partitions visible. After that, Linux should be able to mount the NTFS partition read-only or read-write, depending on what kernel version you have.
     
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  6. .Z4x.

    .Z4x. Active Member

    R = Rapid

    I gather from another thread that changing the Intel RST setting in the BIOS to non-RAID might expose the individual units, which may be possible to assemble as plain SW RAID in Linux (without the Intel RST drivers).
    The SATA settings (still in the BIOS) may also need to be tweaked for this to work.

    Take the above with a grain of NaCl, since it's completely unverified, and mostly based on hearsay,
    but it sounds plausible, and may be worth a try if you've run out of better options.
     
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