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Recover an initialized drive on an Intel Motherboard Raid 1 array

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In an attempt to initialize a pair of additional drives on a 18-month old Windows 2003 server with an Intel motherboard using Intel's built-in RAID configuration utility, the existing (Boot) drives were initialized instead, despite the new drives being selected. As soon as I knew what had happened, I removed the original drives. Although data is backed up, we have no image of the boot so it would have to be completely reinstalled, a major effort. Is there a way to recover the initialized drive? I use Handy Recover v.4.0 on desktops, but this may require a more advanced solution, if it can be done at all. I will not have the specific motherboard/RAID configuration versions available until 8am.
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You can try a program like GetDataBack for NTFS from http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm

Since it was a Mirror Raid 1 there is a chance to recover that data.

There is a trial you can download and test to see if it can find the files needed.

CT
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I do not believe there was a solution to recover the drive itself but the recommended software saved 100% of data and made the whole recovery much easier. Thanks CT!
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