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How to break a Span Drive Configuration?

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I have installed windows 2003 on this particular server

We have span'd the disk a while back and the disks(western digital wd800bb) pc board has blown and we are unable to read the DATA
Is there a way to break the span configuration and to create separate partition so we can read the disk that is physically working. We are not concerned about the data on the failed disk only the information on the working drive
How can we access this data???

Thanks in advance
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Unfortunately 2003 spanned volumes offer no fault-tolerance and if one of the disks should fail the data is inaccessible.  You could try a low-level data recovery program, of which there are several available.  A quick google search foudn a couple that claim to be able to handle broken spanned disks.

http://www.easeus.com/resource/dynamic-disk-recovery.htm
http://www.quetek.com/products3.htm

However, if the data is really important it might be worth the investment to take it to a professional data recovery company and see what they can do.

Also, in the future it is worth going for a fault-tolerant solution such as raid1 (mirror) or raid5 (stripe) for any important data, coupled with a good backup solution.  The extra cost pays for itself in situations like this...

Good luck!
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Im afraid archonaus is right and spanned volumes have no fault-tolerance "i found out the hard way too" and you will have to use some sort of data recovery program.

where I work we use easy recovery http://download.cnet.com/EasyRecovery-Professional/3000-2242_4-37386.html?tag=mncol we find that it recovers 99% of the time some times even off a dying disk.
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I spoke to a friend who had to recover some data recently and he swears by:
http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm
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