Intialize Disks

Posted on 2008-06-17
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I have an Adaptec 2120S SCSI RAID controller that went bad and had to be replaced.  I ordered the new one, popped it in and it doesn't see any of the disks in the array.  Now if I go to initialize the disks (the only way it will let me create an array) it comes up with a warning that it will erase all of the data.  How can I retrieve the information from the array?
Question by:bdhtechnology
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 12

Accepted Solution

alikaz3 earned 500 total points
ID: 21807639
You need to rebuild or reconstruct the raid array. You do NOT want to initialize, as it will erase everything. I have seen this product recommended before:

The RAID Reconstructor should take care of it, $99 for a license. It says that there is a 30 day trial... but I'm not sure if there are restrictions on that. It also says that it does not rebuild the array, but rather gives you an opportunity to copy the data, to ANOTHER hard drive or network source. Make sure you get some other method of storage so this will work. Let me know!
LVL 55

Expert Comment

ID: 21814503
RAId Reconstructor cannot work with RAID controllers, you have to put the drives on a non-RAID SCSI controller for it to work. It might work with the 2120s if you set each disk to JBOD but it may still initialise them which is what you are trying to avoid.
LVL 12

Expert Comment

ID: 21814756
Have you considered contacting adaptec?
Ransomware: The New Cyber Threat & How to Stop It

This infographic explains ransomware, type of malware that blocks access to your files or your systems and holds them hostage until a ransom is paid. It also examines the different types of ransomware and explains what you can do to thwart this sinister online threat.  


Author Comment

ID: 21824774
I do have another SCSI adapter, so I am trying it now.  We'll see how it works.  Thanks for the tip.

Author Comment

ID: 21976890
I was able to get everything off using a SCSI controller and Raid Reconstructor.  Thanks for the tip!
LVL 12

Expert Comment

ID: 21982694
That's awesome, glad to help!

Featured Post

On Demand Webinar - Networking for the Cloud Era

This webinar discusses:
-Common barriers companies experience when moving to the cloud
-How SD-WAN changes the way we look at networks
-Best practices customers should employ moving forward with cloud migration
-What happens behind the scenes of SteelConnect’s one-click button

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

In this article we will learn how to backup a VMware farm using Nakivo Backup & Replication. In this tutorial we will install the software on a Windows 2012 R2 Server.
The question appears often enough, how do I transfer my data from my old server to the new server while preserving file shares, share permissions, and NTFS permisions.  Here are my tips for handling such a transfer.
This video teaches viewers how to encrypt an external drive that requires a password to read and edit the drive. All tasks are done in Disk Utility. Plug in the external drive you wish to encrypt: Make sure all previous data on the drive has been …
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…

738 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question