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Old 10-06-2005, 05:28 AM   #1
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NEEDED NOW : How to read Linux RAID partitions ?

I woulkd like to read a raid-1 (but why not other types Raid-5) linux raid partition from a disk I put on another system, aka Linux (but not mandatory).
In fact if there a Windows tool would make the deal. That would read Linux Raid partition (not monted as Raid mdx thing) just raw as after Raid has been split.

Just found that the m fckr expert guy that built the system simply made a non Raid boot partition. After the system hanged, no way to start and to read anything. Now I told the company how stupid this was, we don't want to call him to fix.
My Linux system to read the lost Linux raid partitions would be Mandriva2005LE with diskdrake tool.
I tried the autodetect fstab and rewrote the fstab, but it seems to have completely wiped the hard drive. Cool. Now I am left with no option for the second drive. It must be the real one. However loosing them wouldn't be my fault since the guy didn't make his RAID-1 work.
By the way 400Gb of some 15 to 20 years unsaved data of vital files for the company. Loosing them would be lethal.

Thanks for your help. This would make my job.

Edit : now mounted on a Mandrake 10.1. Can't read Linux raid partition or mount them on any thing else tan raid and format on dik drake. I don't want that !

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Old 10-06-2005, 07:16 AM   #2
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Isn't there any way ?
Old 10-06-2005, 09:12 AM   #3
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Any way to install the drive in another machine, mirror it, restore your Raid, and reinstall the drive in the original system? Or try one of the Live Distros like Knoppix, Mepis, etc. I have used them to salvage data from crashed Windows machines with really good luck. They usually will recognize a drive and let you copy from it, so you could save your data.
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How do I restore the Raid system in the safest way ? I MUSTN'T erase the data.
Actually I have a "Linux Raid" Partition, call it hdf6, that I would need to copy the files from. What shall I do ?
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