Deleted RAID 1 array, but not data...now each drive appears empty. Can I retreive the data?
Posted on 2004-10-03
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.