RAID 5 configuration on Dell PowerEdge 2800 hard disk failure

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Using DELL Poweredge 2800 with a Raid 5 configuration of 2 hard drives capacity 85GB Ultra 320 SCSI. Hard disks have been showing failure. I tried to bring the hard drives ONLINE by FORCE option provided in the utility manager to configure RAID and got the hard drives up but couldn't login to windows server 2003. It started showing NTLDR and NTDETECT missing messages. I also copied the files using recovery console with Windows Server installation CD but still no use. I still can not login to Windows with the message ntoskrnl.exe is missing or corrupt. Can i get to the data without a backup? user submitted question

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If you can still see the file system on your RAID configuration you can boot to a boot CD and see the files and move the files to another drive. You can use UBCD4Win to create a boot CD.

Just a side note, RAID 5 is not designed for anything less than 3 drives, so your best bet for redudancy using 2 drives is RAID 1.

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