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Biggest Oops I've ever made --- help


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#1 possumbarnes

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 01:57 PM

Custom built Windows XP Pro computer.

I had 2 drives set up in a RAID mirror array. The array became broken. I pressed F10 to access the RAID array during boot up and went into the RAID software. (Mediashield, I think its called). I deleted the array and then selected the option to rebuild it. Here's the big oops: It asked if I wanted to clear the disk data. For some reason I thought it meant only on the second disk in the array. I selected yes. In the blink of an eye both drives were erased. Now, both hard drives show as unformatted drives. Windows sees them only as Unallocated space.

Now, I know the data is still there, but short of doing a quick format on the drives and running recovery software, I can't access any of it.

Please tell me there is a way to fix this! Did the Raid software just erase the boot record on the drive? Is there a way to rewrite a MBR even though Windows doesn't show the drive as a formatted drive? The only way to see the drives in Windows (hooked up externally on another PC) is to go into Disk Management.

Please help. I'm getting desperate!!

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 05:50 PM

I'm sorry but to the best of my knowledge the data on those drives is as gone as if you formatted the drives......
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Posted 17 October 2010 - 06:05 PM

Thankfully, even formatting a drive doesn't erase the data that was on the drive. Lots of data recovery programs out there that can save the data off a formatted drive.

Here's what I've done to fix this (so far):
I removed the 1st drive and installed a fresh copy of Windows on the 2nd drive. I downloaded and installed EASEUS Partition Master. Then, I reinstalled the 1st drive in the system and used EASEUS Partition Recovery to recover the partition on the 1st drive. It took all of 10 seconds to undelete the partition. This allowed Windows to see the drive again. This gave me access to all the files on the 1st drive, but did not make it a bootable drive. I'm moving the files over from the 1st to the 2nd drive now.

Could there be a way to make the 1st drive bootable again?

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 07:32 PM

well, the easiest way, once you get your files off of it, would be to reformat it.

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