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SATA harddrive failed

Posted on 2006-07-13
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I had 2 harddrives setup on a PC so they were mirroring each other via RAID. One of the hard disks became disconnected and helped crash the system. All the information is on the drives. My question is I have another PC with Windows XP PRo on it. Is it possible to bring up the information on the other two disks by plugging them into the serial ports. I plugged them in, and under the disk management it's displaying it as disk 1 and disk 2 but I can't seem to access them via My computer. Any idea's?
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Question by:selhs
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Just change/assign the drive letter in disk management and you should be able to access them in My Computer.
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by:garycase
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I assume you know the details, but just in case:   to Change/Assign the drive letter (as Callandor suggested) you point to the disk (Disk 1 or Disk 2), right-click, and then select that option.

That MAY be all you need to do.   But you may also have to "take ownership" of the drives.   If, after assigning a drive letter, you can "see" them in Windows Explorer, but can't actually get to the data, don't panic ==> you simply need to take ownership.  Post back here if that's an issue and we can walk you through the process.   Or you can just read this:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
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by:rindi
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You only need to connect one of the disks to the other PC, as they were mirrored...

If the above info doesn't help, you might need a recovery software, of which getdataback is the best, to get at your files.

http://runtime.org
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by:garycase
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... actually, not only do you only need to connect one of the disks; but you SHOULD only connect one of the disks !!   Since they were mirrored, they have identical volume ID's => so you can cause problems and/or disk corrupted by installing them both !!  (XP will, if I recall correctly, automatically fix that rather than causing corruption as Windows 2000 would have; but there's no reason to install them both)
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