Virtual Disk Array (RAID) Wizard
This Wizard will guide you via simple steps to help you to re-assemble a damaged or disassembled RAID set to create a Virtual Disk Array. It will allow you to review and recover data located on the RAID set.
To run this Wizard - click Create Virtual Array from the Wizards menu, or click Recover from Damaged RAID button on the Wizards vertical Toolbar.
Step 1: Virtual Disk Array Type - select a RAID type to be reconstructed
Spanned Volume - composed of disk space located on several disks consecutively.
Stripe Set (RAID0)- stores data in stripes distributed on two or more disks.
Mirror (RAID1) - duplicates data identically on two disks.
RAID5- stores data in stripes distributed on three or more disks with parity control.
Step 2: Virtual Array Disks - choose disks to compose a Virtual Disk Array.
Move a disk from the left listbox (All available disks) to the right listbox (Virtual Array disks) by selecting the proper disk and clicking the Add button.
Use the [Damaged Disk] virtual device instead of the disk that is physically damaged (e.g a non spinning disk), or is known to contains invalid information. Some RAIDs types (Mirror, RAID5) allow you to recover information even if one of the disks is lost this way.
Arrange disks in the Virtual Disk Array using the Up and Down buttons. If you do not know the particular disk order, try all possible configurations: write down the current order, assemble the array and check the data in it. If the data is not accessible - try a different order until one works.
Some RAID types (Span, RAID5) require a certain stripe block size, thus you will need to specify it in Options box. If you are not sure of this value, you may try to find it in the Controller's configuration utility (Controller's BIOS), or you can try different block sizes and check the results. The most commonly used values are: 32kb, 64kb, 128kb.
Step 3: Virtual Disk Array Geometry- choose default geometry or specify custom values.
Step 4: Virtual Disk Array Block Size - (for RAID-0, RAID-5 or Span Arrays only)
Step 5: Confirmation - review and confirm parameters for the Virtual Disk Array to be created
Click the Create! button to create the Virtual Disk Array. Click the Finish button to close the Wizard if the RAID was reconstructed successfully, otherwise you will see error messages.
A New storage device and one or several drives (if detected) will appear in the list of devices and drives in the Recovery Explorer.
You can work with reconstructed RAID sets the same way as you work with a regular storage device or logical drive, i.e. scan device for deleted/damaged partitions, scan drives and search for files, recover/copy files and folders to another safe location, etc...