LiveCD installation not recognizing RAID controller

I recently had a server OS crash. its a SBS2008 and its using 4 hard drives in what I believe is a Raid 6 configuration. Now I have tried a live CD called LSI I believe. When I log on to the Windows XP Environment so I can transfer the data I noticed that it did not see my hard drives most likely because it doesn't see the raid controller.  The server is a Dell t410 and has a Dell Raid Card in the slots inside of the PC. Thanks.
Isaias PerezLAN / PC Analyst 4Asked:
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Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:
Do a google search for msdart50eval.msi.  This is the old XP based DaRT from Microsoft that will work for 30 days.  The boot media builder includes an option to point it to drivers you provide.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
First of all mentioning H**s CD is not allowed here on EE because it contains pirated software. I think the zone moderators will edit both OP and Adam's posts.
Second, if you need the data then use a tool called Paragon Rescue Kit Free: https://www.paragon-software.de/home/rk-free/
It has both WinPE and Linux based versions.
Once you download it and start - proceed without selected WinPE mode and it will use Linux based mode. Create it and boot your machine from it.
You will see the menu listing Normal Mode, Safe Mode etc. Try first Normal Mode - it is linux - if it loads - start File Transfer Wizard. It will allow to browse the drives and copy out the data.
If it fails to see the RAID then use Safe Mode - it is DOS and it is really good in detecting RAID configurations. Though a bit slow. Try to copy out the data.
You can sure try the WinPE version as well but for this you need to download the WAIK and let the CD builder create CD image with it. There is an option to load RAID drivers then once you boot the machine from it.

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Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:
I believe the latest versions have all licensed software removed, but I haven't used that boot cd in years, so I cannot personally confirm that.  That's at least according to the computertechs subreddit.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
I am not sure as well. But I know that moderators clean it up each time it pops up here.
rindiCommented:
Use a Linux LiveCD to copy off the data. Most of them will probably recognize your controller and should automatically see the disks as an array. One you could try is Knoppix:

http://knoppix.net

Anyway, why do you have to copy off the data? Reinstall the OS then restore from your backups, or if your backup is image based, restore the OS from the image which will include your data. The built in backup tool of SBS 2008 makes image based backups.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Wikipedia says it's not quite there yet.

Mini Windows XP, Mini Windows 98 and DOS utils are on the disk which would make it a no-no.
Isaias PerezLAN / PC Analyst 4Author Commented:
Rindi I try to repair OS using the OS sbs2008 cd but it does not see the HD
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
What OS is there installed? And what exact problems do you have with it?
The Rescue Kit I gave the link for has number of repair tools on it.
rindiCommented:
When you use the SBS installation DVD you can load the drivers via a USB stick.
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Which RAID controller do you have in your server?
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