Recovering broken SATA Raid 0 Array drives
Posted on 2006-06-12
We have a server with two SATA drives set up as a raid 0 hard drive. One of them has just failed, and managed to scribble over the ntoskrnl file so it can no longer boot. Windows Server 2003 refuses to fix the problem because it doesn't detect the drive any more, despite the fact the machine otherwise clearly attempts to boot from them.
We have got some fairly good recovery software, included Raid Reconstructor (any other advice on good recovery software would be appreciated by the way), but the real concern is getting the drives installed into another machine and configured in a way that would allow access to the drives _without_ needing to reformat them.
Questions aside from general help (which would always be appreciated) are as follows:
a) Is the windows XP workstation machine likely to try and format them if we attempt to set them up as raid 0?
b) If not, is the machine likely to pick up the previous raid 0 configuration and actually find the files on the drives?
c) Is there anything we should be trying to do to increase the chance of accurately recovering the data?
Thanks in advance to all help given.