So I need a new motherboard, I have a ton of hardware issues, and am scrapping the RAM, CPU, and MOBO. My drives work fine and I have a RAID with a data partition on it that I only have a partial backup of. I really want to recover that data. My options are buying an older MOBO with ICH9 or a newer CPU and MOBO with ICH10.
My question is will ICH10 pick up the RAID metadata? I am guessing it should, but need to find out before I make a purchase.
You could burn and boot Ubuntu Linux, that would give you instant-access to your data. After having booted, select Places then Home. In the window that opens, select ".. GB Filesystem" on the left side. Now you should see your data.
If you had a ICH9R chip now and your new motherboard has ICH10R, then it would just work and boot your array just fine - provided Windows doesn't BSOD because your motherboard changed; that still happens sometimes afaik. But at least your RAID would be fine.