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rustywood
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Hello Everyone,

 

I am new to Servers and I send this in a hope that you can make my year,

 

I built my Gen8 with my Windows Server 2012 OS on a 2.5" drive in the extra Sata (DVD drive Port)

 

I built two temp Raid 0 with TWO 1.5TB 3.5" drives each as a single Raid disk;

 

Doing this I thought I could take the drives out later when I stick 4x2TB and copy things off them later, but what was worse was my 2.5" crashed and when I reinstalled the OS I could not see the Raid disks any more? If I plug them in individually using a Docking station I can't read the drives on any Operating System OSX, Linux or Windows.

 

It's been a while since I messed around with the drives (didn't want to lose any data on them) but can I view them again? I don't think I have formatted them but I can't figure out how to reinitialize them???

 

What format does this HP Gen8 server format to and how can I see the drives ever again; as they may have had some of my photo's on :(

 

Thanks for any help in advance and sorry if this is in the wrong place

 

Regards

 

Russ

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Yeah I believe I updated all the Intelligent Provisioning (which i think i lost some options doing so) and I think that added the SSA and the drives are visible but I have to set them up and in doing so will format the drives/data. and still even if i set up blank drives they are not visible in Windows

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I would get Windows Server all patched and running properly with no other drives in the system. Then I would do a practice run with a drive that has some data on it that you do not care about. Add the drive to the B120i through the SSA during boot. Windows should see the drive then. There are some good tips on adding and removing drives here:

http://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c03326739&DocLang=en&docLocale=en_US&jumpid=reg_r11944_usen_c-001_title_r0008

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yeah, I'll have a go, I've tried to play with it a bit but I need to really push to keep tabs on what I am doing, hopefully your link will help :)

 

Thank you so much for the help, I'll be back to let you know of any results.

 

Happy New Year

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after reading the guide, I am remembering that I have no idea of the settings of the now lost in limbo drives, this brings some questions up

 

a) If I figure out how to re-initialize the drives what would happen if I do the wrong settings to bring the old lost drives back to life?

 

b  ) Is it easier to just start again and move past the data loss or is there a way of seeing it again?

 

c) Why can I not just plug the drives into anything (OS or Data recovery software) and see the files :(

 

d) What's the best set-up for future raid set-up to avoid these problems?

 

sorry to be a pain

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after reading the guide, I am remembering that I have no idea of the settings of the now lost in limbo drives, this brings some questions up

 

a) If I figure out how to re-initialize the drives what would happen if I do the wrong settings to bring the old lost drives back to life?

 

b  ) Is it easier to just start again and move past the data loss or is there a way of seeing it again?

 

c) Why can I not just plug the drives into anything (OS or Data recovery software) and see the files :(

 

d) What's the best set-up for future raid set-up to avoid these problems?

 

sorry to be a pain

a. it could, but it concerns me that you cant read the drives on another system. You may want to check the drives with drive recovery tools to see what is there:

http://www.stellarin...ve-recovery.php

https://www.piriform.com/recuva

http://www.easeus.co...ta-recovery.htm

https://www.paragon-...e/hdm-personal/

b. see a.

c. I do not know I have not had that issue. I have taken drives from another computer and brought them into the B120i as a RAID0 and then taken them back with out issue. I will see if I can find some time to experiment.

d. clean drives and fresh install is always the best. Load the OS on the SSD with no other drives in the system. Get everything upgrade and patched, firmware and OS. Then setup your storage drives. Then load your data.

You are not a pain, we learn by doing, but sometimes it is painful,,,,

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So I've been working on this for a couple of days,

 

It turns out when I plug the damaged drives into Windows, Mac or Linux; most need to be initialized to get a new Master Boot Record.

 

a question cropped up - I built the original raid with the "Dynamic HP Smart Array B120i Raid Support" not AHCI - is this why I can't see the drives now as I lost the original RAID/OS?

 

 

 

For the drives with lost data I am using "Partition Find and Mount" software to look into what maybe left on the damaged disks.

 

For the future of my raid I've been looking at maybe using UNRAID instead of windows; they say use AHCI as you can pull out the drives and mount them easily. is this a good idea?

 

 

Does this sound like I am going in the right direction?

 

regards

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