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RAID1 Failed and now my data is gone


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#1 SpeedwayNative

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:01 AM

I had a RAID1 array (2x2TB Western Digital Green) setup on PC I used for data storage/backup.  My PC must have installed new Windows updates or something, because it rebooted and then right before going into windows, I got an error message saying the the data on both of the drives in the RAID1 array was inconsistent and wanted to run chkdsk.  chkdsk ran and when the PC booted back into windows, my RAID1 array was not present in My Computer, but I could see each drive.  Upon clicking them, I was prompted to Format, which I did NOT do.  I then went into Disk Management and I can see both drives, but they are RAW.  I then found this article:  http://html5.litten.com/how-to-fix-external-disk-drive-suddenly-became-raw/  about recovering RAW data from an external and thought this method using PartedMagic might work. However even after an advanced search, I still do not see my lost files.  However, I did notice that it looks like 1TB of the useable 1.8TB drive is not free.  But, on the advanced search it still only found 3 files total.

 

I setup the RAID1 array in BIOS using the SB950 controller on the mobo.  When I went back into BIOS to see what was going on, I realized that somehow the RAID1 array is gone and in order to put the drives back into RAID1, I would need to create the array all over again.  Since this wipes the drives, I have not done it.  

 

Much of the data on the RAID1 array is very important to me.  I am not wanting to lose it and I am wondering if there are other methods to recover the data without spending an arm and a leg.  ANY and ALL suggestions to try and recover the data are very welcomed, but a free method would be highly appreciated!  

 

Thank You in advance!

 

PC specs:

 

CPU - AMD PII 965

mobo - MSI 990FXA-GD80

8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance RAM

boot drive - Corsair Nova 60GB SSD

Storage RAID1 - (2) 2TB Western Digital Cavial Green

 

 



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:32 AM

Do you have a USB remote that you could put the drives in and try reading them on another computer?

Thinking about it it probably will not work looking over the steps you have taken.


Edited by OldPhil, 07 February 2014 - 11:34 AM.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:47 AM

Thanks for the response Phil!  I have tried using each drive in an external SATA dock and connecting them internally in another PC....no luck :(



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 12:18 PM

I have not used this software but it lets you recover 2GB for free to see if it works. I would try the file recovery. Partition Recovery may cause the loss of the data if it doesn't work. It will probably take a long time to read the disks.

 

http://www.easeus.com/data-recovery/other-recovery-software/free-raid1-recovery-software.htm






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