Rebuild Encrypted Raid 0 Stripe

December 29, 2009 at 12:52:50
Specs: Windows 7
So I am running a Raid 0 Stripe with 2 500GB SATA HDD's one of my hard drives in the RAID just died. I know there are programs to recover data from a broken RAID, but the partition I am mostly concerned about has all my pictures on it, and I have encrypted using TrueCrypt.

Does any of you guys know a way I might be able to recover the data, or do you think I'm SOL?


And incase you ask, I'm running:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700
Asus Striker Extreme
SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB
Windows 7 Pro

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December 29, 2009 at 12:58:05
"I know there are programs to recover data from a broken RAID".

That statement is wrong. There is NO way to recover because all the data is not on the remaining drive.

Unfortunately someone convinced you to use RAID 0.

Why in the world did you also encrypt? You are a glutton for punishment.

I don't think a recovery company could recover your files if they had both drives in their possession because of the encryption. You wouldn't want to pay the bill anyway.

Hard lesson learned. Backup, backup, backup. While you are at it, don't run RAID 0.

The ONLY chance you might have is if the printed circuit board on the drive is what has died and not the mechanical end. If that is case you MIGHT be able to replace the PCB. That would require an exact replacement part, not just from the same model hard drive.

Does the drive rotate?

Does it show in the BISO?

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December 29, 2009 at 15:54:24
Agree wholeheartedly with OtheHill.

Raid 0 might have been useful back in the day when small drives like 10gb were the bees kneez and to get a larger storage capacity you would use raid0. BUT it was always recommended to operate this in conjunction with a raid1 mirror.

With large drive capacities now available there is no valid reason to operate raid0. And as for keeping your precious pictures etc in an encrypted drive without any backup, well that's just inviting the inevitable disaster you now face.

If your operating system ever crashed and needed to be reinstalled( Lets face it, everybody gets this once in a while) you would lose the TrueCrypt encryption key. Reputedly, not even the US government has the capability to break TrueCrypt. backups should always be kept unencrypted and if you really want to get serious about it you should have two backups. One in a mirrored drive and second to optic media (Burn to CD/DVD)

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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