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How can I recover data from 2 250GB SATA config RAID 0?

By sundoulos_ ยท 7 replies
Nov 20, 2007
  1. My computer's powersupply died and when I tried to replace it my keyboard and mouse stopped functioning. Thought it may have been a corrupted OS (WMC SP2) so I tried to recover per this thread Howard referred me to (this thread. The long and short of the results can be found at this one.

    I need help - DESPERATELY - to find a way that I can recover some data (about 2000 pictures - hunnymoon [sic], pets, family gatherings, etc) that I should have backed but did not. I have recovered data before from ide/eide/ata drives but never any configured for RAID x.

    Anyone out there that can help and would be willing to walk me through?

    I have taught myself all I know about computers in the last 4 years and pick it up fairly quick, having good working knowledge of 98, ME :)evil: ), XP (all flavors), and am working with a fairly new Vista machine, will open the box to install/remove anything, and will listen and follow directions carefully (this sounds like a singles ad doesn't it?). I said all this to encourage anyone out there who may want to help but does not have the time or inclination to lay significant groundwork in solving what - I hope - is a relatively simple problem.

    Hopeful Chad :)
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,231   +234

  3. sundoulos_

    sundoulos_ TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Does not apply in my case - unless you take into consideration the option that includes the pay for recovery service. If it comes to paying, I will probably have to bite the bullet and format. 2000 +/- jpegs @ 9.0 mp resolution = more than I probably make in a year.

    Thanks though. My computer (the Vaio) is a brick - will not even boot. I could (i think) restore it to factory, but not without forfeiting my data. What I was wondering is how can I pull the drives out of one computer and retrieve the files with my other? I know how to do this with a non RAID array - but I am clueless when it comes to preserving the array and copying files from the drives where I can save and back them up like I should have done in the first place.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,231   +234

    I tried to Google "RAID Repair" and got what I presented you. Some RAID controllers provide for rebuilding an Array but I don't know if another computer's controller would do this for you. Would it be possible for you to restore the Vaio using 2 different hard drives, then switch these drives with the originals?
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,009

    thats file scavenger great for the price
    I finally upgraded to tech version
  6. sundoulos_

    sundoulos_ TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I am thinking about trying File Scavenger out. One question I have is can I mount one of these 250 SATA HD that are in my VAIO as part of the RAID 0 array as a data disk on my primary computer, keep ckdisk from doing anything and then let file scavenger do its thing? Or will the install fail because it was apart of a RAID drive? Or an even bigger question is whether or not it will force a format without me being able to stop it?
  7. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,009

    tricky on boot if it tries to do chkdsk just stop it
    once in explorer may have to take possession of drive
    xp will not do automatic format

    I use external adapters for most data recovery
  8. sundoulos_

    sundoulos_ TS Rookie Topic Starter

    File Scavenger is the shizzznit!

    I think I will try to hook it up to the mobo. i have an enclosure for EIDE drives but would have to buy one for SATA ones. If (other than usb->mobo vs. direct mobo hookup) there isnt a difference I will go with the direct hookup as another data drive. It will not be a system drive - data drive only. I do not know how different - if at all - XP/Vista deals with internal data drives and ext. mass storage devices. Guess I will probably find out tomorrow.....;)

    Well, I have learned alot about RAID. Start a pest control business I may. File scavenger is the way to go! 89.00 for the license I needed, but worth it. Not mad at all. Not to mention, my wife is speaking to me again. I kept telling myself it was just because she was pregnant and not because her mushhead hubby did not back up the digital jpgs from our wedding and hunnymoon [sic]. Come to find out she is still pregnant and talking now. :haha:

    It was a little tricky - but thank God for Google, QueTek's Files Scavenger, and TechSpot. :approve: :approve: I was able to figure out how to take everything out of one box install into another, set up Scavenger, determine drive priority, stripe size, etc and as I said, I am no longer in the doghouse.

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