Deleted raid 0 dynamic disk span by accident, how to recover?
Posted on 2005-04-13
Basically, I have a win2k3 server in my basement. I have a total of 10 scsi drives on it. 5 of the drives are dynamically spanned as one logical drive (raid 0 my friend told me). 4 of the other drives are also spanned as one logical drive. My main system drive is a single drive all by itself.
My friend gave me a new drive so that I could add it to my span. It was supposed to be added to my internal array of 4 hot swap drives which are spanned already. The 5 drives are external and are enclosed in a single case so I didn't want to add the hotswap drive to the external enclosure incase I ever needed to move the external enclosure.
I then put the new hotswap drive into the system and then proceeded to add it to the wrong span, i added the internal hotswap drive to the external span array of drives. I figured, "Oh, i will just delete that one volume that I just added and add it to the other array."
Well dumb move, I didn't realize that deleteing the "volume" was in a sense deleting the entire span of 5 drives.
That is the point that I am at now. I have the 5 drives stiill showing up as "unallocated" and I haven't done a thing with them since I deleted the volume. No, i don't have any backups, doh. Is it possible without sending the drives to a data recovery service to recover the span and copy the data off of it? I dont' want to spend any huge amounts of money, the data isn't really worth that much, but i sure would like to save it. I looked into "active undelete" but i was highly confused by the program.