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Accessing data from drive created Windows Server 2012 w/ software RAID 1

Posted on 2014-03-01
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I created a mirrored storage pool in Server 2012 on two SATA drives, and I'm in the process of moving them to a new system. In the meantime though, I'm trying to run them on a Windows 7 box. The two drives show up in storage manager, show as healthy, but aren't labeled as NTFS, and the only two options shown are "make partition dynamic", or "delete partition."

So my question is, can I access my data from within Windows 7 (preferable), or at worst can I access it via a second installation of Windows Server 2012?
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Storage pools cannot be moved to older OSes, so no win7. Another 2012 installation should work as long as both drives are present.
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Is Windows 8 considered an "older" OS? I'm guessing it needs to be a server OS, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
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Windows 8 does support storage pools/storage spaces, but I've not tested that particular scenario. I would NOT trust that as part of a DR scenario. I do know attaching a 2012 pool in 2012 R2 will mount read-only and needs to be upgraded. And once upgraded, cannot be moved back to 2012. So pools and spaces ARE version specific. So while I suspect mounting 2012 pools in 8 would work, I also suspect you'd run into oddities. Best avoided.
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Thanks for the help. The issue was my system died (motherboard), so I put the boot drive in another system, and Server 2012 was pretty forgiving about coming up on different hardware. I virtualized the system using VMware's Converter, and now attached the two drives in question directly to the VM. They came up without issue (though they did show up as a new drive letter, so some tinkering was involved with that.)

Thanks again for the help!
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