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My MSI NF980-G65 decided it "wasn't going to get better" and offed itself Sunday night. (thread here) Problem is I had a RAID 0 setup with the onboard controller and it has been a while since I remembered to do a backup. lol Yes, I know, backup backup, another story of why to do a backup, yada yada yada. Yes, I goofed!
I know it's probably not possible, but I thought I'd ask because I'm not so smart. (See above paragraph) Is there any way to "emulate" that chipset's RAID controller or drivers. I have a UD5 coming in, and (due to my awesome luck) have 2 brand new OCZ Agility 2's (that came in the day after the offing ) ready for RAID, so I will be able to install Windows when the motherboard get's here Wednesday assuming everything else is fine. It would be much easier I could somehow emulate the Nvidia RAID drivers to pull my data. Is that possible through the Nvidia storage drivers?

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It's not really possible, the best I could suggest is to find a similar board and try to simply boot the array normally. If that's not an option maybe MSI has some tools to access that data internally and they're willing to share; you need to have first hand knoledge of how the RAID controller organises data and only the manufacturer of the board or chipset could possibly have that.
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This is why I stick with big-name RAID.

AMD or Intel southbridges only... unless I'm going for a dedicated RAID card.

RAID 1 can be accessed from any SATA controller just fine, but RAID-0 requires that SATA controller.

Two different boards with two different chipsets from two different companies? You're probably out of luck. I would ask around to see if anyone has a board with the same chipset. Maybe someone within driving distance? You could possibly borrow their PC to dump your data to a backup drive?
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post #4 of 11
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What I figured. I'll just work around.

My buddy has my old M4N72-E that, even though it's an "older" chipset, has the exact same controller. I may just wait until I go down there.

Thank you, both.
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Raid reconstructor (http://www.runtime.org/raid.htm) can do it.
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Raid reconstructor (http://www.runtime.org/raid.htm) can do it.
Thanks, but 100 bucks is more than I want to put into it. Definetly bookmarked though.
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Raid reconstructor (http://www.runtime.org/raid.htm) can do it.
Yup, the metadata defining the array is still on the drives. You just need a program to read and understand it to reconstruct.
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That's what I was hoping. I know Nvidia Control Panel has storage option to use software RAID, but I'm doubting that will work on the AMD chipset. It's certainly not worth $100 for a few pictures, documents, and save games.
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For a few files it's not worth it, maybe you manage to do it on your friend's rig

/offtopic: this got me thinking, how can you have a RAID and move it from one rig to another without loosing data. Probably many people knew how already, but it occured to me the safest way to do it is to have an add-on RAID card with the array that you can move about, and the OS on yet another disk (or an SSD) that is coupled on the motherboard. If you need to change boards you move the OS drive, reinstall Win on it, plug the RAID card and probably after installing some drivers the array should be visible and intact. Having the array visible from Linux distros can be even better as you can attempt data recovery from a Boot CD
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For a few files it's not worth it, maybe you manage to do it on your friend's rig

/offtopic: this got me thinking, how can you have a RAID and move it from one rig to another without loosing data. Probably many people knew how already, but it occured to me the safest way to do it is to have an add-on RAID card with the array that you can move about, and the OS on yet another disk (or an SSD) that is coupled on the motherboard. If you need to change boards you move the OS drive, reinstall Win on it, plug the RAID card and probably after installing some drivers the array should be visible and intact. Having the array visible from Linux distros can be even better as you can attempt data recovery from a Boot CD
Just hope that your RAID controller is supported on the other motherboard.


If you plan to stick with Intel or AMD while upgrading, you can migrate the array on the onboard native controller as well.
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