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I have a computer with an Asus p5n-e sli, and a 2.4 duo, and 4 gb of ram.  The computer will boot into windows but for only a few minutes before it freezes.  I was wondering, what is the best application to recover the my documents file along with the Outlook data file?
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by:metrogeeks
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BTW I have tried to run chkdsk from the recovery console with no luck, it just freezes at 50%.  I have also tried to boot to a partion magic floppy diskette, to check the drive for errors.  It runs then says it can't continue because there are to many errors...  At this point i just need to get as much of the My Documents data and his email as possible....  Thanks for the help.
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I gather from your comment that even though you can boot into Windows for "... a few minutes before it freezes ..." that you can't copy the files you want while it's working => if so, that would be the simplest and quickest thing to do [i.e. just boot several times and copy a few files each time].

Assuming that won't work (due to file errors, etc.), the #1 thing to do is STOP !!  Data recovery is always far more successful if you do NOT do anything with the disk involved.   In this case, since it's a RAID-0 array, you'll need to use RAID Reconstructor [http://www.runtime.org/raid.htm ] to recover what you can from the array.   You'll need another system that you can connect the drives from the array to; and another disk with enough space to hold the recovered data.   The process takes a bit of time ... but RAID Reconstructor is an excellent product and if anything can recover your data, it can.
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Is there not any kind of boot CD that will accept Raid drivers that will allow me to just copy the existing files to a USB Drive?   I look ed at the Raid reconstructer but i dont have another Rig to drop the disks into.
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Not much choice if you need the data --> the easiest approach if you don't have another system is to simply buy another hard drive, install your OS on it; then connect the drives from your RAID array and run RAID Reconstructor on it.   Large hard drives are very inexpensive these days ... and even if you don't need it for your system, it will make a nice BACKUP drive :-)   [Which, of course, would have been nice to have had BEFORE this happened !!]
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Ok what i ended up doing was connecting another drive to the motherboard, disable the raid so it would boot into the new drive with a fresh install of windows.  I then installed the drivers so that windows could actually see the Raid as a storage drive.  Then i used stellar phoenix to recover the data from the raid.  I found out that one of the drives was defective using DFT.  I was actually able to recover everything except his contacts from Microsoft Outlook.  Thanks guys without your help i would have never thought of this....
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what i ended up doing was connecting another drive to the motherboard, disable the raid so it would boot into the new drive with a fresh install of windows. I then installed the drivers so that windows could actually see the Raid as a storage drive. Then i used stellar phoenix to recover the data from the raid. I found out that one of the drives was defective using DFT. I was actually able to recover everything except his contacts from Microsoft Outlook. Thanks guys without your help i would have never thought of this....
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You're most welcome.
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