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RAID0 lost data after reinstall of XP

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December 29, 2009 7:35:24 PM

System is Asus P5LD2 and 2x Barracuda 320GB disks. RAID0 setup with 2 partitions (OS and storage)

As I have understood it has been used a floppy disk to setup the raid thingy before installing XP the first time. It had 2 partitions (unknown size, think OS was 128GB) in RAID0.

Problem is that owner has reinstalled OS and now the disk manager shows 2 disks of 128GB sized. One with 7GB OS +121GB unallocated. 2nd disk has 128GB unallocated.

How to fiks this and get the info that is on the rest of the disks? (in partition2 when in RAID0 before reinstall)

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December 30, 2009 1:56:48 PM

That looks really difficult!

For sure, do not recreate a volume on any unallocated area, as this would erase what's left from your upper Mft. No standard tool nor method from Windows will get your data back.

With specialized software and skills, maybe. Or send both disks to a specialized company; not really cheap, but this is an easy case for them.
December 30, 2009 2:03:16 PM

If both unallocated areas were left untouched, data and volume information must be still there, ready to be accessed provided you set the controller in Raid again (lose the new Xp then) with the same parameters.

But then, the Mbr is lost with a very high probability, and must be created again, pointing exactly to the old storage volume.

For such an operation, you can't boot any OS from these two disks. Maybe specialized software can boot from a CD, or you'll need a third hard disk (possibly an old one).