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I know this is possible but I don't know how to do it. Both drives are good and all the data is on them but when me computer crashed the other day it screwed with the array and now I can't access everything. I have some pictures of my daughter that I need to get, someone give me a heads up on how to do this!!!
 

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You are pretty much screwed.
Sorry there's no easy way to put it. I have a customer whos last IT guy setup their main data server, over 2tb worth, on a raid 0 with 5 sata drives. 1 drive died. They got lucky because they were able to spend 80,000 for a data recovery specialist out of cali to rebuild the array and recover approximately 60% of the data.
The first thing you should do is get yourself an external drive to do backups to.
The second thing you should do is learn not to save anything important on a drive that is accessed consisitantly.
The third thing you should do is backup to dvd or cd if the information is important enough.
Trust me when I say that you should take this as a learning experience and not let this happen to yourself again.
Infact I'm backing up my important stuff right now. Thanks for reminding me.
 

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This is what happens when you just stripe disks. No redundancy at all.
Did you use software RAID or hardware RAID via a controller on the mobo?

If you used hardware RAID you maybe able to rebuild it via the controller menu. (You get to it on bootup usually it's like ctrl+m or something. It should tell you as it boots up)

As far as software RAID..I'm not much up on that. I just know that just striped RAID disks are not ment for storage of anykind. They are there for performance due to there not being any kind of fault tolerance.
 

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I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I spent a good part of last night figuring out how to rebuild the array and even though I lost a good portion of windows system files all my important data and pictures was all there!!! I've learned my lesson though I'm going to delete the array and make it raid 1 so i don't have this problem again.
 

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I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I spent a good part of last night figuring out how to rebuild the array and even though I lost a good portion of windows system files all my important data and pictures was all there!!! I've learned my lesson though I'm going to delete the array and make it raid 1 so i don't have this problem again.

I guess it was a hardware array then?

Glad to see you got those files back. RAID1 is much better for data redundancy...not the best...but better than RAID0

Not only that I'd get a DVDRW and write backup of it anytime you make additions. That'll save you in the long run too.
 

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Yeah it was a hardware array and I've already burned everything on DVD! It was just a huge wieght lifted when I got everything back! Now I need to have all my pictures developed but to have them all done would cost almost $500 at $0.15 a print....looks like I need to start saving some cash. :lmao
 

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Yeah it was a hardware array and I've already burned everything on DVD! It was just a huge wieght lifted when I got everything back! Now I need to have all my pictures developed but to have them all done would cost almost $500 at $0.15 a print....looks like I need to start saving some cash. :lmao
wow... lotta pictures? i just use my photo printer and buy cheap cheap photo paper online and i can print out pretty much all of em for much cheaper than that... think 100 pictures for $10
 

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wow... lotta pictures? i just use my photo printer and buy cheap cheap photo paper online and i can print out pretty much all of em for much cheaper than that... think 100 pictures for $10
That's still $.10 a print. Plus you have to pay for ink. My color ink cart will print less than 200 photos...at $25 a pop for a cart that's $.13 a pic jsut for ink.

add that to your paper cost..and it's a total of $.23/print Depending on ink coverage and how big the prints are you could be paying much more than that if you do them at home.
 

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Other than professional recovery you're screwed, and if you pay for professiona recovery they will screw you. So either way you get screwed

I was pushing to upgrade my two major servers to raid 50(striped distributed parity) at work and my company kept bitching about about price until I had a booboo and 2 drives died in 24 hours which ended up eating the raid 5 forcing the company to spend $30K to have the data recovered. One drive died so I ordered another(overnighted it), and in the middle of the night another drive barfed. Funny, my VP signed my drive expansion PO the same day, I suppose he got to explain to the CO why he spent $30k for data recovery, thankfully I already had my ass covered by wanting the upgrade to begin with :D I now run a raid 50 with 2 hot spares and two more spare drives in a cabinet :p It takes it about 30 minutes to sync one of the hot spares when a drive fails, so as long as I don't have more than 2 drives fail in 30 minutes I'm ok(more than one drive in either of the raid 5s)

Hopefully raid 6 takes off soon for the SATA II side of things, that needs 3 barfed drives to take down a container, 2 drives die and you're ok, so slap in a raid 60 and you'd need at least 6 drives to fail before data loss(at least 3 on each raid 6 sub array).


At home I run a raid 10 for my storage drives, and raid 0 with my boot drives, but the real important stuff gets burned to a dvd and stuffed in a safe deposit box.

Magnetic media is a great thing, until it turns around and bites you.


Oh another thing for future storage concers is an maybe picking up an external HD, dump all of your important stuff to that, and store it somewhere other than your home. In the event of a catastrophe you'll have a quick and easy way to get back up. One of my friends picked up a 300gig external and makes an image of his system every week keeping the last two images on the external drive and he's used it for disaster recovery once and can't say enough good things about that method.
 
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