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Hate to disappoint you Allan, but I nailed it. Here's how:
- Did a backup of both physical disks (booted into a Parted Magic LiveCD, used 'dd' command to copy each SSD into two separate files on an external USB drive) - to be on the safe side.
- Created RAID array in Intel MSM (Ctrl-I on boot) using the default parameters.
- Booted to LiveCD, ran TestDisk, choosing to work with /dev/mdl26 (the RAID drive) instead of individual disks (/dev/sda, /dev/sdb). The tool found three partitions (13 Gb recovery partition, 100 Mb Windows boot partition and the 200-something Gb data partition) - just the way it was originally. Wrote the partition table to disk.
- Booted from SSD - Sony Recovery started and suggested to return the PC to factory condition, losing all user files. Cancelled it.
- Back to LiveCD, ran TestDisk again - corrected disk geometry as suggested by the tool.
- Rebooted again. Got a message from Windows saying 'cannot load windows, use installation disc'. Did what the system told, went into 'repair boot', accepted the fixes and rebooted.
- Windows booted like nothing ever happened. All data intact. Told the boss to back up his files. Had a cup of coffee and picked my check. PROFIT!
Thanks for your help anyway.