raid 1 container deleted on dell 2500

I have a dell2500 with raid 1 drives.  one drive failed and when replacing and initializing the new drive the container disapeared.  when I tried to create a new container using the remiaining drive I noticed that it was physicaly larger than the new drive I wanted to use.

the size of the volume in the deleted container was 36 g and the driive is actually 146.
So I created the container as a volume of 36 g using the remaining good drive.  My question is.,  did creating a new container using the remaining good drive from the raid 1 container harm the data?  Now the system tells me that there is no boot drive.  
Can I put that drive as a volume in another machine and recover the data?

Thanks,
Jo
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arnoldCommented:
Based on your own statement, I think you wiped the data.  the 2500 is a rather older system.  I do not remember whether it had an option to read the configuration from the drive versus recreating it.
If you initialized the new container, you likely can not and will need to rely on a backup which you hopefully have.

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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
The PERC 3/Di, when you create a new array (container) automatically initializes the array, wiping out any existing data.  This may be recoverable by professional data recovery companies, but not likely on your own.  If you aren't going the professional data recovery route, then you can try Runtime.org's RAID Reconstructor ... a demo will tell you if there is something to recover, then you pay to actually recovery it.  If it works and you do pay for it, it will be much cheaper than sending it to data recovery.

Unfortunately, putting the drive in another controller will only give you access to what the controller can see now.
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