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Recovering data from a RAID1 (mirror) array

I built a PC a few years ago which includes 2x 250Gb Western Digital SATA II hdds in a RAID1 array (with jumpers to slow them to SATA 1).
The PC is currently not booting and the problem appears to lie within the Graphics card or Mobo. Whilst I attempt to fix that, is it possible to connect one of the two HDDs from the RAID array to another PC to read the data from it?
The RAID controller is on the MOBO (ASUS A8V-E deluxe VIA VT8237?)
Is it as simple as getting a SATA-USB HDD Enclosure and plugging it in? Will the RAID1 create any problems with this?


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Wasn't the real fix to swap the SATA cables?

In reply to: Recovering data from a RAID1 (mirror) array

And the mirror would boot up?

But yes, if it's a true mirror then to get to the files you just pop RAID 1 (not 0!) into the usb enclosure and connect to a compatible OS like XP SP1 or newer.

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HDD Enclosure

In reply to: Wasn't the real fix to swap the SATA cables?

Thanks, Bob.

The new enclosure arrived yesterday and I fixed up one of the HDDs. It was little effort to then transfer the data.

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Were you intending to eventually reconnect them?

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If you hook them back up as RAID 1 when your PC is fixed, it's probable they won't exactly match. If nothing else, Windows System Restore will plant something on that drive. The array should rebuild ok but, if you've not had this happen, be ready for a long process...several hours maybe.

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In reply to: Were you intending to eventually reconnect them?

It was more important to get the data from them for immediate use. So far I have only needed to read data and I haven't (to my knowledge) modified anything. I'll find out when I get them fitted back into a repaired PC.

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