Windows 2000 Server Crash

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I have a Windows 2000 Server for a Client. The Operating System Crashed from a virus. The person who built the server set up a Raid 5 using the IDE controllers. I need help to recover the Data off the Raid. I reinstalled windows server 2000 and also added windows XP Pro. I can see the hard drives in both OS's but through the computer management I cannot reactivate them. It keeps telling me to format. I can't afford to looss the data. Can any help me to recover this Raid. Or what I need to do to get them reactive.
ASKED: April 22, 2005  6:41 PM
UPDATED: April 25, 2005  12:40 PM

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The obvious question to me is: is the RAID software- or hardware-based RAID?

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  • Howard2nd
    A - you said 'Raid 5', which is multiple physical disks operating a one logical volume which may partitioned as multiple drives. I have never seen this done on IDE as it usually reguires 4 or 5 physical drives. Usually on SCSI. B - Given that whatever form of RAID setup was done, recovery will require restoration of that specific configuration. IF it is 5 then you will need the software and if it is the normal IDE variants 0 or 1 then the same or compatible cotroller. Since you say you can 'see' the drives, RAID is not working, or you would see the array not 'drives'. C - I have to guess that you installed another harddrive and that is the unit to which you installed Windows (Server 2000 and XP). Once you have found the software drivers the array should be accessible. If it is a controller RAID be SURE it does not boot or you will get your virus back.
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