I have a box running SBS 2003 with one hard drive for the os and another three in a raid 5 configuration [edit: using the build in SBS raid system]

The os hard drive seems to have died, even trying chkdsk and repairing isn't working & it just blue screens on boot.

I would like to transfer off the data from the raid drive, if I did a re-install on a spare HD with SBS 2003 would it be able to detect that there was a raid system in place on these hard drives and make it accessible or is there a way to tell it? Or is there another way to save the data?

Thanks in advance,



As long as you can load the correct drivers for the RAID controller from the OS you use to boot your server, you will be able to access the data on your RAID-5 array.

  • Thanks for the answer, I probably should have mentioned I'm using SBS's built in raid functionality - does that change anything? – stukerr Oct 16 '14 at 10:30
  • Do you perhaps mean that you are using Windows' dynamic disks in A RAID configuration? The answer is still yes, although you'll have to import the disk configuration. I suggest that you completely disconnect your RAID drives from the computer, build your new OS drive, then connect the raid drives. This approach minimizes any risk of damage to the drives while installing Windows. – I say Reinstate Monica Oct 16 '14 at 10:38
  • Yep that sounds like what is going on, just wasn't 100% on the terminology (especially as I can't get in to see how it is described!). Will definitely do the disconnect thing - where would I import the disk configuration from? – stukerr Oct 16 '14 at 10:58
  • The Disk Management console. From the Run dialog box type the command diskmgmt.msc – I say Reinstate Monica Oct 16 '14 at 11:41
  • I've found that - I was just wondering where in there I would import the existing raid structure from? I can't seem to see any import, and i'm a bit paranoid about accidentally creating a fresh array on top of the existing one and loosing all my data! thanks – stukerr Oct 16 '14 at 12:12

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