Solved

Deleted RAID 1 array, but not data...now each drive appears empty. Can I retreive the data?

Posted on 2004-10-03
1
333 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
Hi...
I'm new to RAID, but recently set up a RAID 1 array with two 250 GB drives. They're filled with some critical data. I was going to set up a RAID 0+1 array with two new drives and figured I could delete the RAID 1 array while selecting the option to keep the data on the disks. Then I planned to add the second two hard drives and create the new array, duplicating the data from one of the original RAID 1 drives.

After deleting the array I wanted to see if I could access the data by plugging one of the mirrored drives into a regular IDE channel. I could not access the data (Windows XP (SP2) sees it as uninitialized). I inititialized one of the two discs and used Norton disk doctor to search for partitions, but this did not turn up anything.
When I recreated the mirrored array with the same drives (but did not choose to initialize, only to create the array), the drives do not show up in the disk manager in windows XP.

I'm starting to panic. I need that data, but I have no idea how to get to it. I have been careful not to select any option that would delete data, so I'm hopeful that it's still on there. I naively thought that I could remove a mirrored drive and access it just as I would any other drive. Please help...can I recover this data? Thanks in advance for the help.
0
Comment
Question by:dgurnon
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
1 Comment
 
LVL 15

Accepted Solution

by:
Cyber-Dude earned 500 total points
ID: 12215194
With the propper software, yap!

1. http://www.active-undelete.com/undelete.htm (Enterprize version).
2. http://www.dtidata.com/Products_ria.asp
3. http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm

Good luck...

Cyber
0

Featured Post

Best Practices: Disaster Recovery Testing

Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to the development of such a plan and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

AWS Glacier is Amazons cheapest storage option and is their answer to a ‘Cold’ storage service.  Customers primarily use this service for archival purposes and storage of infrastructure backups.  Its unlimited storage potential and low storage cost …
Is your phone running out of space to hold pictures?  This article will show you quick tips on how to solve this problem.
This video teaches viewers how to encrypt an external drive that requires a password to read and edit the drive. All tasks are done in Disk Utility. Plug in the external drive you wish to encrypt: Make sure all previous data on the drive has been …
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…

728 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question