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Windows 2000 - Working with Mirrored Drives From another System That's Dead


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#1 helping hands

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 09:11 AM

I'm working with someone elses computer with a dead MB, completely generic, not much help there.

 

It had (2) PATA 80GB HD's, different brands

 

Used a PATA to USB HDD Connector

 

Each Drive Shows up in Disk Management as Invalid, this is where I determined these were mirrored drives.

 

I'm connecting them to a W7 Pro system.

 

What is the best way to work with these drives, now that the system they come from is dead?

 

Am I able to break the mirror and use them individually from outside the original system?

 

Best case scenario, I'd like to be able to boot off these drives, and see about getting W2K running,

in place so they can keep using the programs and settings.

 

Worst case scenario, I'd like to be able to 'copy the data' off and do something else.

 

Thanks for any and all help/input.



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Posted 26 July 2016 - 09:29 AM

I would not break the RAID.

 

I don't have any experience with the following programs but it should get you started.

 

http://www.freeraidrecovery.com/

 

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

 

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



#3 helping hands

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 11:50 AM

Thanks JohnC,

 

Thanks for those links.

 

I'm not a fan of breaking raids, however it should be 'allowable' in this case as it is a W2k Software Raid,

meaning the data is identical on both drives.

 

It's not a hardware raid, where the data can be manipulated in more ways.

 

You should be able to break raid, and use the data, relatively normally.

 

I just need to find the right approach.

 

Thank you again, and to anyone else with any suggestions



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Posted 26 July 2016 - 12:08 PM

Good Luck. If you find a solution please post back an update and what software was used. Thanks. 



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Posted 24 October 2016 - 11:26 AM

Apologize for the delayed return on this topic....

Turns out the drives were not 'mirrored' they were 'dynamic' drives.

 

I haven't gone back to figure out what the difference is, however when I got the

replacement MotherBoard in, I was able to immediately see the data on that drive

while using a "multi purpose boot disc".

 

I was not able to boot the OS on that drive, and didn't continue to do so as I was

able to get a new computer, with a Virtual Windows XP system running on it and

in transferring the legacy data and programs, everything was working.



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Posted 24 October 2016 - 06:28 PM

Thanks for taking the time to post an update to the problem. At least you got your data back.






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