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Mount a hardware RAID on a live CD?

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I have an old power edge server and the owner cannot remember the password for it.  I wanted to boot to it with a Linux Live CD and pull some of the data off it but I can't get it to recognize the hardware RAID 5 logical drive.  If I go to mnt directory it will show sda1, sda2, and sda3.  Sda1 has just a few dell config files in there but sda2 and sda3 won't show any data in them and none of them will show any windows type files.  This machine is currently running a Windows Sever 2003.  

Does anyone have any idea to help me an ubuntu live cd to recognize the windows files located on the raid 5 configuration?

Any help would be appreciated.
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I think the RAID 5 might be a software raid. Rather then a Hardware RAID.  To make sure, when the system boots, Try Control-M to get into the SCSI Configuration to see whether there is a RAID controller and whether the drives are actually grouped into a Logical Drive.

It does not seem that the ubuntu livecd supports sofware raid.
http://www.howtoforge.com/install-ubuntu-with-software-raid-10
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by:sevenpeaks
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Yes, it is a hardware RAID.  I pressed Ctrl + M and entered the RAID controller software.  I was able to see that there are 3 drives and that they are configured in a RAID 5 configuration.  
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try the following:

mkdir /mnt1
mkdir /mnt2
mount -t ntfs /dev/sda1 /mnt
mount -t ntfs /dev/sda2 /mnt1
mount -t ntfs /dev/sda3 /mnt2

Now see whether you can see the directories/files in /mnt /mnt1 and /mnt2?
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by:sevenpeaks
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Your solution worked but I still don't understand why or how, any final explanation would be helpful.
Thanks,
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I am not sure how or if you mounted the devices?  Were you trying to access the data by directly accessing the /dev/sda1,/dev/sda2 and /dev/sda3?

mount -t ntfs sets the file system type that will be accessed accessed.
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