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VIA RAID1 - How to restore after a hard-drive crash on different drive where OS ran URGENT

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My system was configured with WINDOWS XP Pro running SATA RAID0, and 2 data drives (Western Digital 160 gb each) configured with VIA RAID1.  I lost one of the Hard Drives my OS was running, but have since replaced the drive, reinstalled Windows XP (along with the RAID Drivers for the RAID1 configuration for the Data Drives).

My problem, WINDOWS cannot "see" the data drives (neither individual drives nor as the RAID configuration) due to the drive sizes.  I have the Western Digital Lifeguard Tools, but in order to "prep" the drives to be seen by Windows, the process involves a reformat (I do not want to do that until I can get the data from one of those drives onto an external back-up drive - which I have purchased).  

I don't have any tools that allow me to "see" the drives, and to copy the data from one of the drives onto another external drive so that I can complete the process of prepping the drives for use by Windows.  It is ironic that I have the data intact, and a total backup of the data due to the RAID configuration, but cannot get to the data.  Any help, advice, guidance would be very much appeciated (and please note I am a novice in dealing with the hardware, so go easy on me).

Thank you,
Tina
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