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RAID-5 Crash, Vertitas Backup corupt, what now

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We had a raid 5 crash, only one drive showing up in the bios.  So eventually we got the server backup with replaced drives but still need to info off the old disks.  So we put in two serial ata cards and tried connecting the drives on another PC.  Still not showing up in device manager or anything.  Are they dead or do I have options.
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Oops! Specialised is what I meant.

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So after the first drive failed you just replaced all the drives rather then the one failed drive?

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The BIOS might just show the logical drive, which is one drive. The real physical drives are handled by the RAID controller. Check the RAID config.

In a perfect RAID Configuration both the DISKS and the RAID controller contain the information about the Logical Disk (which drives hold which part of the infromation) . What you see in you BIOS is the logical drive - hence - you only see one drive.

Your logical drive consists of at least 3 hard drives or more ?

Can you give us a little more information on what kind of RAID Controller / Disk setup you had ? Did you have a software RAID setup ?

What exactly happened to the RAID 5 array ? How many disks failed ?

-Bart

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We had a software raid and 3 failed drives.  Windows 2003
I don't know of any way to recover the data from a software raid partition - you might want to try the On-track suggestion. Sorry - this maybe the last resort.

-Bart

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