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Recovering data from a failed RAID 0 on a SuperRaid

The Problem - My laptop (see specs below) was working perfectly fine and then upon restarting my computer up from an off state I received the following Failed Raid 0 Error
and then followed with a "Operating System Not Found."

The Solution I'm Seeking - Obtain all data (or any data if all data isn't possible) from my hard drives.

The Situation - I didn't back up my data (I know...) and I need the data on my hard drives.

The Issue - The hard drives are 2 solid state drives on a SuperRaid installed on Raid 0 (I now know that this was risky. Oops.).


What I have tried:

0) Running Windows Repair from CD. Nope, doesn't work.

1) Booted an Ubuntu OS on USB to attempt to access the drives. The drives are able to be seen. Partitions are recognized. However, the file browser was not able to open anything. I tried to mount the drives, but the OS could not recognize the type of format it was. Thus, couldn't mount.

2) Tried to physically remove the SuperRaid to see if I could hook it up to USB, but I did not have anything that would fit this to USB. Does such device exist? It looks like this, but my SSD's are made by Crucial: http://assets.vr-zone.net/15462/gt70_3.jpg


3) I attempted to change RAID to Non-Member Disc in the BIOS, but I couldn't not find how to do this. I have Aptio BIO Utility. However, it did give me the option to change it to IDE or ACHI. I tried to change it to both, but it didn't work. I hope I didn't hose anything by trying to do so.

4) I installed an additional hard drive into my laptop and installed Windows 7 Pro onto it and I now have it my laptop booting to that drive and operating properly. Windows is able to see my hard drive, but when I double click on the drive from Windows, it says that it can not read it and suggests to Format Now. When I try to read the drive from the Command Line, it says it is not available.


What I Considered, but did NOT do:

0) Seperating the Hard Drives and hooking it up to USB, but my research says each drive will only contain 50% of the data and in an unreadable format. I did not try this, but open to try if there is viability?

1) I thought about deleting the Raid onto a Non-Member Disk; however, I am so unfamiliar with the process that I was concerned I'd delete my data. Will it delete my data? If not, how do I do it?

I think that is everything. Please do ask for clarity if you need it. Please help!

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(Below copied from Maingear.com)

MAINGEAR Nomad 15 HM77
Chassis: Nomad 15 Performance Chassis
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 3740QM 2.7GHz/3.7GHz Turbo 6MB L3 Cache HD 4000 [45W]
Memory: 32GB Corsair® Vengeance™ DDR3-1600 1.5V (4x8GB, SODIMMs)
Graphics and GPGPU Accelerator: NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 675MX 4GB GDDR5
Operating System Drive: 512GB SuperRAID - Powered by MSI (Dual 256GB Crucial® M4 mSATA] [1000MB/s Reads]
Optical Drive One: 8X DVD Dual Layer Burner
Audio: Integrated High Definition Audio
Ethernet Adapter: Qualcom Killer E2200 On-line Gaming Accelerator
Wireless Network Adapter: Intel® Centrino™ Advanced-N 6230 802.11n + Bluetooth
Bluetooth: Integrated Bluetooth Technology Module
Primary Battery: 7800mAh 9-cell Li-Polymer removeable battery pack
Display: 15.6" FullHD 16:9 LED Display (1080p) Glossy Screen
Web Cam: Integrated 2.0MP Webcam
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Security Software: Microsoft Security Essentials
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  1. First off, don't "delete", format, or in any way write data to the SSD's. That will only be counter productive and make the recovery harder. That little board they sit in doesn't look to have any sort of hardware RAID on it, so I think it's safe to say it's just a software RAID.

    1st: Connect each SSD using an adapter to another computer and image it
    2nt: Use R-Studio to build a virtual RAID of the image files and extract the data. It might take a little playing around to figure out the stripe size, parity rotation, drive order etc. but shouldn't take more than a half hour even for a total amateur to do it.

    If you get really stuck, PM me and I can try to help. I'm actually recovering an SSD RAID right now oddly enough.
  2. I deduce it is a software RAID too. I'll try it. (also, good luck with your recovery too)


    JaredDM said:
    First off, don't "delete", format, or in any way write data to the SSD's. That will only be counter productive and make the recovery harder. That little board they sit in doesn't look to have any sort of hardware RAID on it, so I think it's safe to say it's just a software RAID.

    1st: Connect each SSD using an adapter to another computer and image it
    2nt: Use R-Studio to build a virtual RAID of the image files and extract the data. It might take a little playing around to figure out the stripe size, parity rotation, drive order etc. but shouldn't take more than a half hour even for a total amateur to do it.

    If you get really stuck, PM me and I can try to help. I'm actually recovering an SSD RAID right now oddly enough.
  3. Already finished mine. Thanks!
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    Yea I would use R-Studio as well. Don't know if there is a free version though. There is this program that I have used as well before i got R-Studio

    http://www.freeraidrecovery.com/
  5. Yes, that might work in a case this simple. I've never really used it myself. R-Studio will set you back $79.99, the demo version you can build the RAID find the settings, preview files, etc. but to actually recover them you'll need to get a license key.
  6. Yea i got the Tech Version though my work haha so it's nice
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