Need help with RAID

May 17, 2009 at 16:22:15
Specs: Windows XP Home
Hello everyone.

Here is my set up.

I have 4 hard drives on my computer.
1. for just OS and some data
2. More data
3 & 4 set up as RAID 0 (I believe, because when I pull them out individually and stick them at my external case, I can't open them)

My computer has been acting lately. I can't get past the login screen. It will try to load, but will log off right away. I can't even start in Safe Mode.

The OS and the other regular hard drives, I can pull out and back up. But as I stated, RAIDed harddrives will not work individually.

I want to reinstall my operating system again on the OS harddrive, but I am not sure if I will be able to access my data that was on the RAID hard drives.

Please let me know what is the best way of doing this.

thank you all

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May 18, 2009 at 12:41:10
Try a live cd/usb to recover data. Then make decision to repair more aggressively or clean install.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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May 18, 2009 at 16:37:10
Do you have room elsewhere on your other drives to copy personal data off the RAID 0 array? If so, I suggest you do so. In answer to your question about future access. I wouldn't count on it. RAID 0 is not really even RAID as there is no redundancy at all. You are at risk with that array.

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May 18, 2009 at 19:54:33
thanks for the suggestion. I should have room on my other HD's. But I don't know how I can copy data from RAID to the other hard drive if my computer doesn't load normally. I can't even get it open in Safe Mode. Do I have to open it in MS-Dos and do it with commands?

Jefro, thanks to you as well. Can you explain what is "live cd/usb" and how I would use it? Could you suggest any web stie that may provide with Step-by-step guide.

Thanks all

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May 18, 2009 at 20:15:07

jefro was referring to a live version of Linux. One such version is Knoppix. Knoppix installs to and runs from one CDR or DVDR. You MAY be able to access the RAID array by using Knoppix. I am not sure if Knoppix can mount the array or not. It should be able to but I have no experience with that scenario.

Anyway, it can't do any harm. You need to download Knoopix and burn it the disk. Knoppix is a big download. 696MB. Below is a link to a download site. Read the help files to learn how to use Knoppix. You should be able to have control of any hardware that is installed in your computer.

The USB jefro referred to was probably a USB external drive. If you have enough space to copy your personal files to the other two internal drives you can do that or copy them to any place your computer has access to, including optical drives.

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May 18, 2009 at 20:36:14
thanks for the link and clarification. What mode should I use to copy data from Raid-ed Hd's to other hard drives?

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May 19, 2009 at 08:50:42
What do you mean, what mode? You don't want to use any RAID mode at all. Simply backup your personal files. You can re-install your OS and programs after you sort out the other issues.

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