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#1 Dodoram

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 11:23 AM

I had to remove my harddisks to give them for datarecovery. Luckily data is recovered. The data was on WD hard disks which were on Raid-0 configuration. Due to some miscommunication with DR guy, I not only disconnected the two hard disks which are on Raid 0, but I also diconnected my c: Drive (SSD) which has windows and programs on it and my f:drive (another SSD) used for Adobe cache etc.

Now I will have to reconnect all these disks back. How will I know (1) which pulgs go into the c: drive and f drive and (2) for the raid-0 disks, which plug goes on which disk?

My computer boots from c:drive. (Uses windows 10. This is about 4 years old).

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 01:10 PM

Hi,

 

Please post brand and model of the computer or is custom build the motherboard brand and model.

 

Do you know if the Raid setup was done using Hardware or Software?


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 06:29 PM

This is very slightly off topic but what was the problem that led you to needing a data recovery specialist ?  Was there a problem with one or other drive ?

 

The reason I ask is that you imply in your post - 'I will have to reconnect all these disks' - that you are going to refit these very same discs. I would have thought that a disc problem which required specialist help would be sufficient to require the discs to be replaced by new ones.

 

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 02:15 AM

SleepyDude and Chris:

 

System details:

Brand - Puget Systems custom builder)

Motherboard: Asus P6X580 Premium

Additional Hardware: 3 Ware 9650SE-2LP 2-Port PCI E STAT2 Raid Controller

Bought -Jan 11, 2011 (7-1/2 years old )

 

The data issue started when I tried to defrag my data disks. defrag failed.I tried chkdsk and the system ran for a day and failed again. Every repetition of chkdsk with error correction made matters worse. So I really do not know it the data corruption is a hardware issue or my self created mess.

 

Need more advice in addition to my original question regarding how to identify connections for c: and f: SSD drives and the raid disks. Does the SSD become C D:or F depending on which plug on the cable I connect disk to? Is trail and error the only way to find out? (BTW. First, with your help, I have to connect my c: Drive so that I can see if the data can be opened by my programs installed on this drive. I have not yet inspected the recovered data. I was offered zero charge if data recovery did not work)

 

Does connecting Raid-0 disks needs special expertise?

 

Should the data recovery guys be able to inspect the condition of disks and advise if I have to replace? 

 

Is it advisable to get rid of Raid 0? (I think originally I told Puget ystems that I do not need data redundancy as I am not running a company but I need fast data access for video and photo retouching and he did this Raid 0).

 

Does getting rid of Raid -0 need expertise? I m not in the US now for a few years  and do not know any good tech guys here.I would rather use your help and do the physical work myself.

 

 

Thank you

 

Arun


Edited by hamluis, 21 May 2018 - 12:47 PM.
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Posted 20 May 2018 - 06:03 AM

Hi,

 

To get a better picture where is the recovered data?

 

Do you remember if the hard drives where connected to the 3 Ware 9650SE-2LP 2-Port PCI E STAT2 Raid Controller?

 

By the way I only found reference to a motherboard P6X58D Premium not P6X580!

 

If the motherboard is this one I would connect the SSD's to the SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports the ones with grey color, the order isn't very important you probably need to access the BIOS and change the boot/drives order if the system doesn't boot.

 

Don't connect the HDD's for now, because of the RAID 0 both drives work like one big drive with data split across both disks, the order of them may be problematic for the raid volume can be read.

 

When using RAID-0 is mandatory to have good backups of the data because if one disk is damaged the data is most likely gone...


Edited by SleepyDude, 20 May 2018 - 06:04 AM.

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 04:00 PM

If defrag failed and chkdsk also failed i would be most reluctant to put these drives back in a computer I depended on, I would definitely fit new ones.

 

I admit I have never used a RAID set-up but I have never seen the point of RAID 0. As SleepyDude has said, if one disc goes down you have a major problem recovering any data at all. In my own computer I have a 500GB drive which is my C:\ drive with the OS, programs and what I call my 'Workfile' on it. Then I have 2x1TB drives purely for data - music, photos, some video - and these are thoroughly and fairly regularly backed up to external drives. On top of that I have 2x500GB drives which I use alternately to create an image of my C:\ drive. But this solution might not suit everyone.

 

If, as is usually the case, you have your OS on the SSD that will automatically become your C:\ drive under Windows and it doesn't matter too much which SATA socket you connect it to and you can connect this one alone just to make sure your system still runs. then power down and fit the others and see what happens.

 

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 01:20 AM

Sleepy Dude:
 
This seems risky. Being away from the US makes me a bit concerned due to the quality of support from local freelancing technical guys. Big companies charge exorbitant rates. So want to get rid of Raid 0, if possible, with your help. Will be in touch.
 
Indicated answers to each of your questions in the "quot" section.. Will get back to you on removing Raid part after I inspect the data on Tuesday.
 
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Edited by hamluis, 21 May 2018 - 12:52 PM.
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 03:40 AM

Hi,
 
>>To get a better picture where is the recovered data?

Still at the recovery center (on the Raid 0 - WD hard disks ).
 
>>Do you remember if the hard drives where connected to the 3 Ware 9650SE-2LP 2-Port PCI E STAT2 Raid Controller?

Yes. I see two data cables connected to a card (which I am assuming is the raid controller).
 
>>By the way I only found reference to a motherboard PSX[58D[/b][/color] Premium not P6X580!

You are right. Copied from invoice. D looked like zero in that font.
 
>>If the motherboard is this one I would connect the SSD's to the SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports the ones with grey color, the order isn't very important you probably need to access the BIOS and change the boot/drives order if the system doesn't boot.

OK.. Great. Found the cables not coming from the controller and connected SSDs. Luckily system booted and working.
 
>>Don't connect the HDD's for now, because of the RAID 0 both drives work like one big drive with data split across both disks, the order of them may be problematic for the raid volume can be read.

Ok. This can wait for now. I can now
connect to DR center on TeamViewer and inspect data.

 
>>!When using RAID-0 is mandatory to have good backups of the data because if one disk is damaged the data is most likely gone...

 

 

 
Ok.

 

This seems risky. Being away from the US makes me a bit concerned due to the quality of support from local freelancing technical guys. Big companies charge exorbitant rates. So want to get rid of Raid 0, if possible, with your help. Will be in touch.

 

Yes it is, but it results on faster access to the HDD which is a requirement for:

 

Is it advisable to get rid of Raid 0? (I think originally I told Puget ystems that I do not need data redundancy as I am not running a company but I need fast data access for video and photo retouching and he did this Raid 0).


Edited by hamluis, 21 May 2018 - 12:57 PM.
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#9 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:22 AM

Please, the amount of quoting in this topic is getting ridiculous.

 

It is very seldom necessary to quote complete or even large portions of posts as posts - with rare exceptions - stay in the topic until the heat death of the universe or the end of BC, whichever comes first. All it does is waste space and bandwidth. By all means use quotes to highlight a particular point you wish to address but this doesn't usually require a complete post to be copied.

 

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