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RAID5 Recovery

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#1 ultimaSuprema


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Posted 12 April 2010 - 10:25 PM

I have a server with RAID5 configuration, one drive failed a while ago, before i could get another drive to replace it, two more failed within minutes of each other this morning. there are a total of 4 drives, each about 30 gigs. the server wont boot up anymore.

does anyone know whats the easiest way to recover the data on the files. im trying to find a way to recover the drives, preferably by a cheap and simple solution.

however, any recommended solutions are appreciated. the data is more important.

i apologize for my noobishness, this is my first time on here.


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Posted 12 April 2010 - 10:36 PM

From my understanding a RAID setup is designed to write the same data to all disks at the same time, reducing the risk of data loss.

I am not sure if you had yours set up this way or not, obviously the last drive to fail had your boot command on it which was RAID1 is this correct?

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#3 ultimaSuprema

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 10:52 PM

yea, its set up so that the data was striped across all the drives. however, im not sure about the location of the boot command. but what you said makes sense. is there a way to get the information back? im planning on getting a new server, so its just the data i want to extract from the drives and move it elsewhere..


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Posted 13 April 2010 - 06:15 AM

I would take a look at RAID Reconstructor at http://www.runtime.org/.

I don't play with RAIDs, but I do have experience using the GetDataBack program from this website.

Since the software offered by this site is "try, then buy"...I would see if it's worth the time.


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