Troubleshooting a system with RAID 5 and 500GB drives

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Microsoft Windows Vista
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I have a system with RAID 5 built into the motherboard with three 500GB drives and I am not sure how to go about troubleshooting the system. It has failed and I cannot get into the system. Can't even reload OS as it won't recognize the disk either. What to do at this point? The Board is an ASUS, 4GB mem. Vista Ultimate OS.

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Not sure I have enough information here but I ran into something similar and I had to remove all 3 of the drives from the system, they were SATA drives and I connected them to another computer and ran a RAID Reconstructor application to build the array. Once I had that rebuilt I was able to run a data recovery tool to restore the data to a new set of drives. My problem was simple in that 2 of the drives went bad. I’m not a commercial for these products but they were inexpensive and they worked great for me, http://www.runtime.org/. If you have a RAID 5 setup, you cannot simply connect one of the drives and restore the data, you have to rebuild the array, then restore the data.

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