Had a gigabyte GA-K8NS PRO with NVidia NForce3 250 & GigaRAID controller. Set-up 2 80GB Barracuda HD's in RAID0 (I know it was a bad idea). Now Mobo is dead. I have ordered a new ASUS (wishing I had never strayed in the first place) K8S-MX with SIS 965L South Bridge RAID controller. Now I need to retreive data from HD's. I realise that I cannot simply replace mobo's and be back up and running, but if I buy a new 200GB HD, install it with new mobo and clean install of XP, is their anyway of retreiving the data on old HD's??
I think I may have located someone who has the same gigabyte board in stock. I never did update my bios or any of the motherboard drivers so hopefully they all shipped with same versions and I should be OK.
Is your data on the drive valuable (probably a silly question..)?
1. Buy a new HDD 160gb+
2. Use Ghost or similar to take backups of the two drives ... you'll need to use the forensic setting to take sector by sector copies. You can do this on any PC .. if you do it on the new gigabyte board, then don't enable raid, leave the drives as simple separate ones.
3. Get the gigabyte motherboard and plug in the drives .. i'm thinking one of a few things will happen:
1. if you're in luck it will read from the drives and recognise the array (unlikely imho)
2. when you select to set up a raid 0 array it will then recognise the existing data (possible)
3. you'll create the array and it will over-write the data leaving you with a big blank raid0 array
This is where is gets a bit more tricky ..
i'm assuming that the raid controller will remember the settings independent of the drives so if you now restore the two drives with the old backed-up data, it should work.
To do this, you'll need to either use a friend's PC (as your raid controller now sees the two drives as one) or you'll need to disable the RAID controller and let the BIOS manage the drives (on my asus this option is 'enable SATA RAID boot ROM')
If you are trying to rebuild the drives on your own PC, then don't install the windows/linux raid driver on whatever drive you use for rescue (or it will see them as an array).
Now restore the ghost backups onto the drives, reboot and re-enable the raid ROM.
Reboot into windows/linux. Install the raid driver.
You should really try to "image" using dd, Ghost or any other good imaging tool before you try to plug them into the RAID controller and try to read the data because the RAID controller may screw them up worse than they are now.
In theory with very special software you can read the data from those raw disk images and recreate the data then dump it to another new drive.