Importing SATA 0+1 RAID disk

December 22, 2005 at 19:00:59
Specs: Windows XP Pro x64, AMD64 / 1GB DDR

Ok, I think I have run into a big problem. I have 2 SATA HDDs in a RAID 0 config and 1 SATA in a 0+1 RAID config. I use my 0+1 drive as backup. I backed up everything from my computer to the 0+1 backup drive so that I can reinstall XP Pro x64 on my RAID 0 Drives.

I reinstalled Windows on the RAID 0 drives just fine, then I plugged in my extra SATA drive. I installed the driver for it and it seemed to work. Now, in "Disk Management" it can see the backup drive, but has it listed as a Dynamic Foreign drive. My only 2 options for that drive is to "Import foreign drive" or "Convert to Basic." If I try to import, it says..."The operation did not complete. Check the System Event Log for more information on the error"...so that doesn't work. If I would try to convert it to a basic drive, it would have to erase ALL my backed up data, which is about 200GB of stuff I really really need.

Is there a way to import the SATA drive without reformatting, or is there any way I can get the data off the disk? I'm really scared that I won't be able to get this data back.

Please help me

Sean

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ socket 939
Antec 430True PSU
1GB OCZ PC3200 DDR RAM
2x120GB 7200PRM HD's SATA/RAID 0
250GB 7200RPM SATA
PNY Nvidia 6800 128MB
Lite-On DVD+-RW DL


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#1
December 22, 2005 at 21:12:31

this is a more complex question and could take some time to sort out I'm just going to give some options that I might first try myself,,, As I am unsure of the consequences of taking a backup of data on a striped set, and then trying to start over afterwards,,, A mirrored array ,,, I know could have been rebuilt,,, Striped ??? Not sure,,,

First: you may try chkdsk , to see if that will help correct any partition table errors that may have occurred,

Second: ( not sure if you would want to or not ) If possible build a second RAID 0 array

Third: If at all possible, ( I'm sure they can be found, ) use a usb enclosure to access the drive from another operating system that would recognize the hard drive,,, Perhaps even the same one just from a usb drive enclosure,,,

If the format is the same, IE: NTFS ?

Well will be thinking about this one and looking around myself,,,
Hope everything works out well for you ,,, and if I can find ,,, the ,,, right answer! ,,, I'll post back ,,, in the meantime ,,, Hopefully someone else would help you out and I could check out what their answer is ,

MSI 845e mb 1 gb ram and a p4 2.4n running xp ,win 2000 advanced server and win 98 SE alot to learn and I know so little !!!!


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#2
December 22, 2005 at 22:05:29

USB Raid

A little pricey!!

MSI 845e mb 1 gb ram and a p4 2.4n running xp ,win 2000 advanced server and win 98 SE alot to learn and I know so little !!!!


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#3
December 22, 2005 at 22:15:01

This site says you can't do a RAID 0+1 unless you have four HDD's:

http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/perf/raid/levels/multLevel01-c.html

Level 0+1 – A Mirror of Stripes: Not one of the original RAID levels, two RAID 0 stripes are created, and a RAID 1 mirror is created over them. Used for both replicating and sharing data among disks.

Maybe you can explain what you are doing again?

Google "RAID 0+1" never shows a mirror on a single drive of a stripe. I afraid you only mirrored half of the stripe! Then again i don't know for sure.

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#4
December 22, 2005 at 23:51:27

Thanks for the responses. I have a feeling that I may have to buy some sorta SATA to USB converter and plug it in to read as a USB external hard drive. I'm hoping that since an IDE drive acts as a "Removeable drive" or whatever, that a SATA drive will do the same. My cousin works as a Tech guy at CompUSA and is a fricken genious, so he might have some ideas as well. If I ever find a successful solution to this problem, I'll post it up.

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ socket 939
Antec 430True PSU
1GB OCZ PC3200 DDR RAM
2x120GB 7200PRM HD's SATA/RAID 0
250GB 7200RPM SATA
PNY Nvidia 6800 128MB
Lite-On DVD+-RW DL


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#5
December 23, 2005 at 11:57:28

I found a program called EaseUs DataRecoveryWizard that is running right now, and seems like it will be able to recover that data. Only downside is that I had to pay a buttload for it since the demo doesn't actually recover data, it just shows what data that the full version could recover. But the $80 is well worth it for literally years of documents, pictures, music, and other vital files I need.

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ socket 939
Antec 430True PSU
1GB OCZ PC3200 DDR RAM
2x120GB 7200PRM HD's SATA/RAID 0
250GB 7200RPM SATA
PNY Nvidia 6800 128MB
Lite-On DVD+-RW DL


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#6
December 23, 2005 at 17:53:43

Could have used one of the free tools seeing as how the drive was NOT a RAID 0+1:

DiskInvestigator(free):

http://www.theabsolute.net/sware/dskinv.html

PCInspector(free):

http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

Restoration(free):

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html

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