Question about PC RAIDs

  thedust2010 22:12 24 Sep 06

I have a dilemma... My motherboard and/or processor has died. All of my data was stored on 2 250GB drives that was configured as RAID 0, meaning they were treated as one large 500GB drive. I have purchased a 500 GB external drive and want to move all of my data onto this. Can I set up my drives on a new motherboard with the same RAID configuration and still be able to access the files? Would I need the exact same version of the RAID controller? Or am I just royally screwed now? Any advice would be great. Thanks in advance...

  UncleP 02:27 25 Sep 06

Assuming that whatever happened to your motherboard did not at the same time corrupt the data on the HD array, in principle what you are suggesting could work. I think you are right to try to duplicate the old system as closely as possible, but even so IMHO the process will be very 'iffy'. Essentially the repaired system will have to work correctly first time - I take it that the OS was also located on the array - with no opportunity for adjustments etc.

The only way I can think of to improve the odds of success would be to set up the RAID0 array as a data slave ie booting from another disk and configuring the array separately. If you avoid writing to the array at any time, it should not be possible to corrupt the data on it. It would be more expensive and time-consuming than the straightforward method you suggest, but less so than sending it all to a data recovery specialist.

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