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Clone RAID5 drives

Posted on 2014-03-02
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I have a RAID5 that seems to have broke. Before I start messing around trying to see if I can fix it, I want to know if I can just clone the drives and use the clones in it's place?

I have important data on this drive that I cannot lose. All else fails I will go to a DR but I am curious if I can do this and what utility would you recommend?

Thanks!
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>>I have a RAID5 that seems to have broke.

Can you be a bit more specific, please?

If a single drive failed, you should be able to simply replace it, allow the array to rebuild, and be good to go.   This is the primary purpose of Raid5.
Did more that one drive fail?
Did the raid controller fail?

There is information stored on the drives, about their role in the raid array.  I know this information is not in the same place as normal data, but a full sector-by-sector clone might very well copy this information- not sure though.  The question is, what do you do with it then?  
If you will be using a new raid controller, you should be able to simply attach the old drives to it.  
If you have multiple dead drives, you may need to bring it to the lab to recover the data.  Cloning wont really help here, if you cannot clone the dead drives.
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If you need to image the drives, you can use HDDGURU's HDD Raw Copy tool to do the sector by sector duplication
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