Prolient Server, 6 SCSI Hard Drives, No Raid Card, SCSI 0 failed

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by techhelper1010, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. I am not sure this is the correct place to post this message:

    We have a dead W2k/E2k server and there were no good backups.

    The guys who until very recently supported this company set it up - six 36GB
    SCSI hotswap drives, no RAID controller. We have no idea how the array was
    configured, and there's no ERD.

    History: Disk0 died, has been replaced, and we installed W2k server on it
    (with the other disks pulled out) to see what we could see after installing a
    vanilla OS.

    When booting up with the other disks inserted, it comes up fine, and in disk
    management we see question marks on all but the new disk, labeled 'foreign
    disk' One is given the option to convert to basic disk (which I understand
    will wipe 'em, so no go) or import foreign disk...when one selects that, it
    says we have to import a set of 5. We're nervous.

    As I said, I have NO clue how this box was set up (there is no
    documentation), and all we want is the data.

    Any thoughts on this one ? How would one rescue data from these drives.

    We have received some good input as follows but wanted to double check as we
    don't want to trash what is on the SCSI drives.

    import the 5 and see what u have. If they all come up but "redundancy has
    failed", you'll still be able to get your data. Once you have imported them,
    you will also likely need to activate them. Again, this shouldn't harm any

    How would we activate them ? And is it true doing the above won't destroy
    current data ?
    techhelper1010, Dec 6, 2005
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  3. Thank you, I actually already have these and have read them but it does not
    put my mind at ease. I am just looking for someone who has experienced this
    before and can say this works or does not work.
    techhelper1010, Dec 12, 2005
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