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Data Retrieval from Raid Drives


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#1 chowery2085

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 02:00 PM

I have a couple of drives that were part of a raid configuration from a Windows XP system.  Unfortunately the computer has been destroyed, and I need to recover the document data from the drives.  Does anyone know of a way to do this?  Is there some type of software available?  Anything helps, thanks much.

 

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Edited by hamluis, 18 January 2016 - 03:49 PM.
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Posted 18 January 2016 - 02:05 PM

I read in the descriptions of both Stellar and R-Studio, data recovery programs, something about reading RAID, assuming that these two drives were the only RAID drives.  From my limited experiences with just NTFS' deleted folders, files -- the "recovered" files will be a mixed bag, some usable, some usable.


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Posted 21 January 2016 - 08:49 PM

....the "recovered" files will be a mixed bag, some usable, some usable.

I meant to post:  some usable, some not usable.


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#4 chowery2085

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 12:12 PM

Roland:

No worries, I did not think it was going to be as easy as recovering a non-raid.  Thanks for the information, though much appreciated.

Chowery2085



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Posted 24 January 2016 - 01:19 PM

Do you know what RAID level this was? And was it done with hardware or software?


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 02:01 PM

Do you know what RAID level this was? And was it done with hardware or software?

I have absolutely no idea, it was done with a Windows 98 or XP, so I'm not sure if that helps.



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 03:46 PM

If it's RAID 1, then the disks are just mirrored, and as far as I know you can just read the data from one of the disks.


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 04:13 PM

If it's RAID 1, then the disks are just mirrored, and as far as I know you can just read the data from one of the disks.

I tried hooking up both drives to a windows 8.1 system, and got the same message, in order to read this drive, you need to first format.



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 04:15 PM

And when you view the disk in diskmanager, what information about the drive do you see?


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Posted 01 February 2016 - 01:06 PM

I'm having the same problem. Mine were in RAID (whatever the mirror image one is). I thought this would be easy if a hard drive went out. They show up in disk management as unallocated space.



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Posted 01 February 2016 - 05:02 PM

And when you view the disk in diskmanager, what information about the drive do you see?

I see the drive listed, but it just wants me to format it.



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Posted 01 February 2016 - 06:18 PM

I have no experience with these but you can investigate them further. Hopefully it helps.

 

http://www.r-studio.com/RAID_Recovery_Presentation.shtml

 

http://www.freeraidrecovery.com/default.aspx?s=rc   This software only recovers the parameters. 

 

http://www.diskinternals.com/raid-recovery/  expensive

 

https://www.runtime.org/raid-recovery-windows.htm

 

If you only want some files then you can scan the drive with Easeus Data Recovery.

 

 






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