Repairing RAID Arrays If Your RAID Controller Fails
RAID arrays are commonly used in server environments and by advanced computer users to increase speed or reliability of the disk subsystem. With more and more motherboards being supplied with RAID-enabled chipsets by Intel, NVIDIA, and VIA, RAID arrays are quickly gaining popularity at homes and in production environments.
Despite the advantages offered by RAID arrays, there are certain downsides as well. If the original RAID controller fails, it becomes hard or impossible to continue using the RAID array in its original configuration. In many cases, user files and data become inaccessible without the original or compatible RAID controller.
If your RAID controller fails and you need access to your data right away, consider using a specialized RAID recovery tool to recover files and data from the inaccessible array and putting the recovered files onto a single hard disk. Raid Recovery by DiskInternals makes it possible for everyone to recover data and repair RAID arrays with or without the original RAID controller. The RAID recovery tool detects type, manufacturer and essential parameters of an array completely automatically. If you want more control, you can assemble your RAID array by simply dragging and dropping icons representing separate hard disks. Experienced users can set or modify all configuration parameters such as array type, RAID controller, stripe size, and disk order.
Raid Recovery can detect and repairs all types of RAID arrays including RAID 0, 1, 5, 0+1, and JBOD (span) completely automatically. The RAID recovery tool supports most dedicated RAID controllers as well as native RAID chipsets embedded into modern motherboards manufactured by Intel, NVIDIA, and VIA. Raid Recovery fully supports Microsoft Dynamic Disks and software RAID arrays in all configurations. Even if you don't have the original RAID controller installed in your PC, or are running a version of Windows that does not support the type of Dynamic Disk you are about to recover, Raid Recovery will still detect and repair the array, allowing you to back up your files and documents into a more accessible place. Raid Recovery can save your files onto another hard drive, burn them onto a CD or DVD, or store them over a network.
Raid Recovery can be downloaded and evaluated for free
RAID-enabled motherboard from NVidia, Intel, or VIA
Adaptec RAID Controllers
DDF compatible devices
We are a small IT support company working in the SME sector. Recently we were contacted by a local company in a dire situation, one of their critical servers had died overnight due in part to a large power spike, they had no backup and the server's RAID controller was fried.
The damaged to the RAID controller had corrupted the array (4 disks 750GB RAID5) and after several frantic hours of trying to recover the data using an identical disk controller and numerous tools we were ready to give up. That's where DiskInternals RAID recovery stepped in, we downloaded the trial version and used the automatic RAID recovery wizard, in the space of five minutes the software had reconstructed the array and listed the entire disk structure. We bought the software, recovered the vital data and won a new client - fantastic!
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