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Raid 1 Utility

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I had a motherboard die on one of my industrial computers.  I needed to get the PC up and running as quickly as possible.  I took the hard drives out of the dead PC and put them in the spare PC (same model).  It booted perfect, however the disks are showing up as non raid disks.  In the raid utility you can creat a raid volume. My question is will it erase all the data or will it create the raid volume and the drives still be bootable to the O/S?
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Intel 82801FR SATA Raid Controller
Intel Application Acellerator Raid Option 4.03.6817
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Most RAID controllers put metadata starting at block #0, so your O/S is seeing the metadata. Layout is all vendor/product specific.

If you want to get this going ASAP, safely, you will need to
1. go to runtime.org, download their reconstructor software (free to try, pay to buy)
2. get a scratch drive, and then let the runtime software find the disk image of the RAID and then you can image it to the scratch drive.  (which can be a image file or even something on a network)
3. put disks in replacement system, build the RAID, then image the data back to the logical RAID device.

Above is brute force, a better way to do it is get motherboard that has same make/model of controller and enable the RAID feature in BIOS (without disks attached).  Then plug in the disks IN THE SAME SLOTS SAME ORDERING OF CABLES>

Then cross fingers as it turns on, many controllers will "learn" the config from the disks.


But no matter what, your data is still safe, you just have to use right software to get access to it.
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