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**EMERGENCY** RAID 1 failed, hard drives in good condition

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I had a super old server with two IDE drives on RAID 1. Mobo died completely.

Is there software out there that can help me recover my files from the Hard Drives? what are my quickest and easiest options? I need the data like NOW! :(

It might have been windows 2000 server (maybe even NTFS, not sure)
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If its RAID 1 then each disk is a mirror of the other.

Attach one disk to another computer system and you should be able to access the data with no problems.  You should be in Administrator mode when you do this.
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Find a computer which has an IDE connector or an IDE to USB like this: http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-CB-ISATAU2-Supports-2-5-Inch-5-25-Inch/dp/B000J01I1G
Connect one of the drives to the connector and try to browse the content via normal PC. You could need to take ownership of the folders before you could copy the data out.
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noxcho: I tried that but it couldn't read any data on the drive. It had an exclamation point under disk management
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The easiest and quickest way would be just to restore the data from your backups.
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Are you sure it is RAID 1 and not RAID 0?

If unsure try RAID Reconstructon https://www.runtime.org/raid.htm (free to try) and see what it makes of your drive.  If it says it is RAID 0 then purchase for full functionality.
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You said it was RAID1 and if yes then you are asked to initialize the drive (the exclaation mark in Windows Disk Management would mean that drive is unknown for your current computer and you need to initialize it).
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When disk manager says the drive is unknown it almost always means you had a catastrophic HDD failure, and are in the need of professional recovery.

Does the BIOS see make/model of the disks?   If not, turn off the computer and find a data recovery firm.
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I used one of those CD with multiple utilities., an app called GetDataback NTFS did it for me. It scanned the drives and i was able to copy everything to a usb drive.
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