Recovering from a RAID 0 or RAID 5 crash

The Asus Zenbook u500vz ships with two 128GB SanDisk SSDs operating in a RAID 0 configuration by default. Yesterday I got my hand on such a device that had suffered from a severe disk crash, leaving just one of the drives accessible. What to do?

Windows DaRT

raid_crashThe first idea that came to my mind was to use a Live CD such as Windows DaRT, but that didn’t turn out to be a success. When trying to access the broken RAID I only got a message saying “The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable”.

RAID Recovery for Windows

knoppixdesktopAfter Goggling a while I suddenly noticed that Runtime Software offered an application called RAID Recovery for Windows. While I certainly have used their software before, I wasn’t familiar with this particular product, but GetDataBack is another amazing product they offer. They even offer a Live CD running Knoppix Linux that includes most of their software. What else could you possible wish for?

How to recovery the data

raid_crash_bannerOnce you have downloaded the iso-file from the above link, you may use Rufus or similar software to “burn” the image to a USB drive (who uses CD’s nowadays anyway?). Once that’s done you simply connect it to the PC with the broken raid and tell it to boot from the USB instead of hard drive.

The rest of the recovery process really doesn’t need much of a guide. Once booted, you’ll find a shortcut to launch RAID Recovery for Windows on the desktop. Run the software and follow the on screen instructions. You’ll have to select the type of RAID (0 or 5) and click next a few times until you are presented witch all the files still possible to recover. This way I managed to get back all of the data!

Please note that the trail version only supports viewing files and not saving them. However, this application is really worth it’s money if there are important files on the RAID available for recovery.

What about recovery for non-Windows?

Runtime Software offers a lot of solutions for recovering from miscellaneous file systems and drive configurations. Check them out, maybe they can help you

 

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