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I have two 30GB drives on a Win2000 server.  I upgraded them to Dynamic and spanned the first to the second, creating a single 60gb drive letter.  The first drive died.  Total physical meltdown.  How can I get whatever data I can from the second drive?
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Luc Franken earned 250 total points
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Hi ErikKnepfler,

>>I upgraded them to Dynamic and spanned the first to the second<<
http://www.raid.com/04_01_00.html

sorry to say this, but your data is gone, a striped array doesn't have fault tollerance. If one disk is gone, you loose all data on both disks.
You should have made it a mirrored array or you should have made backups.

With a bit of luck, you might want to give some of these tools a try to get your data back:
http:Q_20827883.html

Greetings,

LucF
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by:Ryan_81
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Assuming that its a "physical meltdown" then you're out of luck without going to a very expensive data recovery services.  Which can easily cost $1000+ if it is heavily damaged.
If however, if its a corrupted raid array or the like.  (still physically functioning, just not accessible via OS) You might try downloading the R-studio demo ( http://www.r-studio.com )and see if it can access and recover data from the array, then get the commercial version to actually get the data.  

Ryan
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by:ErikKnepfler
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Remember that the meltdown only affected one of the two drives, and I'm trying to get the data from the second, good drive - the second part of a dynamic Windows setup where I "spanned" one disk to the other, creating one logical drive.

I tried R-Studio, but it's too slow.  It scanned the drive and found about 30 "drives" inside that.   Inside each of those, it found yet more drives, and each contains a small group of files.  The time required to scan the entire drive for the sub-drives, and then to scan each individual one, and then to retrieve the data, would take weeks.  

I'm hoping to find something more reasonable that can reconstruct the drive's file contents in some way similar to their original structure.  R-Studio is the closest I have come.
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