2 out of 4 'dead' HDDs in RAID 5
Posted on 2005-04-19
I was running XP Pro using LSI's MegaRaid SATA 150-4 controller card with 4 Maxtor 200 Gb SATA drives in a RAID 5 config. As far as I recall, I had about 350-400 Gb of data out of ~ 600 Gb total.
The past day or two, my PC continually was freezing. Today, I received the bad news from my LSI card -- drive offline. 1 drive would've been no problem. My luck, TWO drives show as OFFLINE so I can no longer boot into Windows nor can I access my data.
I really need to get to the data and unfortunately, my last full backup is almost 2 months old...arghhh!
The 2 offline HDDs didn't make any ticking noise and still spin up so they don't appear to be badly damaged.
Are there ANY tools I can use to somehow access the data on the drives? Any data recovery is better than none and the really important data is not very large (probably < 3 Gb).
Any help is greatly appreciated!!
I'm having a professional data recovery company assess the drives to give me a price qoute for data recovery but fear the price is out of my budget ($1,000s?).