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Does anyone know of a way to recover a failed RAID 0 array?

I'm pretty sure its a hardware failure - something to do with the heads, I'm pretty sure. Would I be able to take the drive apart and use an exact same model, with the same board?
ie: take platter out of failed drive -> pop it in new drive -> exchange controller & recover data? It wouldn't last long, I know, but it would let me copy my data..

Any other ideas?
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is the drive completely destroyed? if it still works a little you could try cloning it and seeing if that will allow you to boot. chances are as long as the OS part of the drive clones perfectly youll be able to get a bootable drive out of it. your programs would most likely be corrupt, but small single files like photos and that might be recoverable.

as for swapping the platter, even a small mark on the platter and youll lose everything anyway. Also if you have never pulled a harddrive apart it isnt easy, and to remove the platter with out marking it is pretty close to impossible. also the reader heads have an a tiny (and i mean cant even see it tiny) gap between it and the platter that stops it from touching the platter, too far of a gap and it wont read, too close and itll bounce off the platter and destroy the data. id just not do Raid 0 if you cant lose your data next time.
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Put the drive in the freezer overnight, then attempt to boot the RAID array and get your data off asap.

Freezing the drive may or may not work.
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Alas, I've already tried what you two have mentioned. I got about 75% of the stuff I wanted, but was hoping for more.
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post #5 of 5
Well, as mentioned before, if you open up the drive in anything but a cleanroom, you are pretty much gonna damage the platters.

There are some articles on makeshift clean rooms (one, iirc, involved a plastic tub of some sort) that you could try, but getting the drive apart is going to be a PITA.
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