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I have a server that went down last week. The motherboard is fried. The computer was set up by another tech about 8 years ago and I am not sure what RAID he used. I need the info off the hdds, but when I plug them in externally I get an error stating that the drives need to be formated. One drive shows up with a drive letter the other 3 are unallocated. Any ideas on getting the info back ASAP...
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by:davetripp33
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I have heard good things about RAID Reconstructor. http://www.runtime.org/raid.htm
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Will this work externally?
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My new PC is also raided and I don't want to attemp a fix on old HDDs with my new computer
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I've used runtime's product for years. That is what you want to use.  Make sure the disk drives (I assume they are SCSI) are on a JBOD controller, not one that does RAID only.   You are free to use any convenient PC.  You will need a large enough disk drive to contain the entire available dataset, but since the disks are 8 years old, a 250GB SATA drive should be plenty.

The software will then rebuild the RAID on the SATA disk, then you can just use ghost or whatever to image that to a new improved RAID config.
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They are SATA on a Promise s150 sx4 Controler. I have downloaded the drivers to a machine, installed the promise card and attached the HDD's to it but I don't see any drives in My Computer or computer management, is it even possible to see the drives this way? Do I need to put them in their own machine and repair the os.
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no this won't work.  (as you have seen)  you need to pay the money  for a reconstructor for 100 percent recovery.  you risk data destruction doing it the way you are trying. if you misguess stripe size or drive order, then it would damage data.
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OK, I am waiting on a new computer to be delivered. Should have it shortly. Once I give it a try I'll get back to you.
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I will be working on a fix over the weekend and will let you know what I find.
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NO good, HDD's are beyond repair. Thanks for your help.
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