RAID1 failure - how to recover the data

Posted on 2006-06-07
Last Modified: 2006-11-18
Last week I posted a question regarding my mirrored RAID array which needed to be rebuilt for no apparent reason. I successfully rebuilt the RAID1 array and it worked fine for a week. Now the array is reporting a failure and it will now allow me to rebuild it.

My PC is based on an Asus A8N SLi Deluxe motherboard and an AMD Athlon 3500 CPU and running XP Professional. The RAID1 array uses the onboard Silicone Image controller with 2 x Maxtor Maxline 300Gb SATA disks.

I really need to recover the data, but I need to know what the least risky way is of doing this.

Can I simply plug both disks into non-RAID SATA ports and get the data of whichever disk is not broken? Or will I need to use some kind of utility. I have seen some RAID data recovery utils but they tend to be for RAID0 and 5 - so I thought that might mean that RAID1 doesn't need a utility! Wishful thinking perhaps.

Be glad of some help.

Question by:chksdev
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    Since RAID-1 is a mirror, you should be able to just plug the drive in and read from it.  No special software needed.

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