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June 17, 2013 9:44:00 PM

Recently, my server room at work went up in flames.

After replacing a lot of our equipment, I came to realize that one of our old servers that stored isos and install files also contained several license keys. Unfortunately, the network admin that preceded me didn't copy these elsewhere (I was only there for a few months prior to the fire).

With where the server was located, the HDDs themselves weren't damaged, but the rest of the system is shot. The two HDDs that were in the system were configured in RAID 0.

What is the best way that I could go about recovering this data? Even if it's read-only access to several of the text files that contain the license keys, I'd be good.

TLDR: I have 2 HDDs that were configured in Raid 0. Original system is dead. Need to access to files that contain license keys on HDDs.

Suggestions? Thanks!

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June 17, 2013 9:54:28 PM

I think it is almost impossible to recover data from 2 hdds that were in RAID0 configuration. It's almost like one drive stores all the zeros and the other stores all the ones. And if you try to configure them into RAID0 again, how much data would be lost if not all. I hope I'm wrong, on your account.

That would be the way to go, though. Set them up in RAID0 again and then use data recovery software. A big maybe. Hopefully someone else here will know a better approach for you.

If you are using RAID0, you sure need to be doing some serious backing up too.


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June 18, 2013 9:00:18 AM

spooky2th said:
I think it is almost impossible to recover data from 2 hdds that were in RAID0 configuration. It's almost like one drive stores all the zeros and the other stores all the ones. And if you try to configure them into RAID0 again, how much data would be lost if not all. I hope I'm wrong, on your account.

That would be the way to go, though. Set them up in RAID0 again and then use data recovery software. A big maybe. Hopefully someone else here will know a better approach for you.

If you are using RAID0, you sure need to be doing some serious backing up too.




Yeah.. I've read some posts on these forums regarding booting with a Linux/Unbuntu to access the data and transfer it out, however, the links to these guides are outdated and 404.

I wasn't involved in the setup of our previous servers.. personally, I wouldn't have even considered RAID 0.
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June 18, 2013 9:00:19 AM

spooky2th said:
I think it is almost impossible to recover data from 2 hdds that were in RAID0 configuration. It's almost like one drive stores all the zeros and the other stores all the ones. And if you try to configure them into RAID0 again, how much data would be lost if not all. I hope I'm wrong, on your account.

That would be the way to go, though. Set them up in RAID0 again and then use data recovery software. A big maybe. Hopefully someone else here will know a better approach for you.

If you are using RAID0, you sure need to be doing some serious backing up too.




Yeah.. I've read some posts on these forums regarding booting with a Linux/Unbuntu to access the data and transfer it out, however, the links to these guides are outdated and 404.

I wasn't involved in the setup of our previous servers.. personally, I wouldn't have even considered RAID 0.
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June 18, 2013 2:45:51 PM

even if you can get into the hard drives all you are going to see is corrupted peaces of files. RAID 0 from what i have heard splits data across all drives.

if the server used RAID 1 you would be fine.
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