3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 6, 2012 12:40 PM by Anguel RSS

Can I read a RAID 1 disk without RAID motherboard?

graham39 Community Member
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I have a Z68 motherboard and a RAID 1 array.

 

What can I do if the motherboard fails?  Will a single disk from the pair be readable if connected to another motherboard that does not have Intel Rapid Storage Technology?

 

Thank you in anticipation.

  • 1. Re: Can I read a RAID 1 disk without RAID motherboard?
    Dago_Intel Community Member
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    Hi,

     

    It may work if you plug this HDD to another system with an active OS as a different drive, this way maybe you can access the data at least.

     

    However if you need to boot from this HDD, you will require a motherboard with the same chipset and it should be configured as RAID as well.

     

    Regards,

     

    Dago MC

  • 2. Re: Can I read a RAID 1 disk without RAID motherboard?
    graham39 Community Member
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    Thanks for reply I am not using RAID for the boot disk which is a seperate drive.  I am using RAID for a "data" drive.

     

    You say, "It may work if you plug this HDD to another system ...".  I am surprised  that you say that it "may" work.  I had hoped that Intel would know, for sure, how their RAID product operated.

     

    Thank you.

  • 3. Re: Can I read a RAID 1 disk without RAID motherboard?
    Anguel Community Member
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    I think that you should be able to read the data. IMHO the special RAID data is hidden in a part of the disk that you cannot access.

    I totaly agree, there is so few docs about that. I started using Matrix Storage Technology many years ago and I must say that the docs and the software at that time were much better / much more stable. It is hard to imagine that nowadays almost every PC has Intel RAID onboard and there is still so much mystics on that technology. You put your data on something and you have no idea how it works and if you can really rely on it. There are no docs and there is no support - Intel support tells you to contact your notebook / motherboard manufacturer and they have no idea what all is about because even the people who make it cannot tell you. Disk imaging programs also have no idea if their tools will work with that technology. It's all about guessing...

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