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How do I add a SCSI drive to a DELL server?

Hi Experts,
               One of our Dell servers has failed.

The server had 3 SCSI drives installed, 2 of them were set-up as a RAID 0, this is what has failed
The 3rd disk had data on it. this disk should be OK

I have another Dell server that works OK and has 2 SCSI disks set-up as RAID 0

How do I add this other data disk to my good server?

The good server uses a Backplane BIOS style RAID manager; I've added the disk and set-it up as RAID 0 (don't know if this is OK or not) I haven't initialized or anything like that (as I want to keep all the data on the disk; I want to be able to use it in this new machine)

When I boot the server I can't see the drive in My Computer but I can see it in Computer Management, Disk Manager.
I have the option to add a write signature or upgrade it to a dynamic disk.

I don't know what to do to get this disk to work without losing the data on it.

Can you help?

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richardmosesCommented:
Use the Dell Array Manager to add it to the existing array. Do you have it installed?
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51501984Author Commented:
OK I've done that:

I can't see the drive in My Computer but I can see it in Computer Management, Disk Manager.
I have the option to add a write signature or upgrade it to a dynamic disk.

I don't know what to do to get this disk to work without losing the data on it.
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markmemsCommented:
If your RAID 0 has failed, the only way to get the data back is from a backup.
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51501984Author Commented:
I had a RAID 0 set up that comprised two disks one of those failed, forget those.

I also have another drive that ran independently of the RAID 0 Stripe (or whatever the term is) this other drive has Data on that I require, different data to the other two drives (The other two were an identical pair, set stripe etc.)

How do I add this independent drive to another PC running a similar SCSI RAID interface?

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markmemsCommented:
I think you have to connect it to a plain old non-RAID SCSI interface. I don't think you can use just one standalone drive on a RAID interface.
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51501984Author Commented:
In the end it turned out that I was mistaken, the drive I was trying to get data back from was part of a raid array, but a RAID 0 array; so with my limited resources (I live on a remote Island and have to use what I can get hold of) I couldn't access the disk or retrieve data.

However if I had access to the correct kind of SCSI interface for the disk I had I would have liked to have tried to access the disk that way. I belive that this normally isn't possible but that there is software available that will enable you to recover data lost this way. Something to think about for anyone who reads this thread looking for answers to their own problem:

Access SCSI RAID 0 disk by connecting it to the correct SCSI Interface (not RAID) and using specialist RAID recovery software.

Worth mentioning.

Thanks for your help, I do appreciate it.

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