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How Can I Combine Recovered Data From 2 Hard Drives?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by the2ndhorseman, May 29, 2013.

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  1. the2ndhorseman

    the2ndhorseman Thread Starter

    May 29, 2013
    Hey, I have 2 hard drives (SATA 3.0 G/s HITACHI Deskstar 500GB) from an old tower (HP Elite) that was destroyed. They are operational. However they were set in a RAID configuration. So, I bought a Universal Hard Drive Adapter (Hornetek) and I hooked it up to my laptop (Dell XPS12). I then attempted a Data recovery with the software Stellar Phoenix Recovery. I managed to recover 6.60 GB (945178 files in 401 folders) worth of incomplete data off the first hard drive. I haven't recovered the second yet. Because I'm wondering if I can combine the information.... Can I combine the data if I recover the stuff of the second hard drive? If so how can I do it? I will start the data retrieval from the second hard drive after I post this. Please let me know if you can assist me.
  2. Dougx789


    Apr 6, 2010
    I'm guessing this is a RAID 0 configuration?

    If both drives are still functioning you should be able to recover at least most of the data..

    Recovering data from each drive separately will be a very long winded process and trying to 'patch' the data back together will be difficult.

    I think you will be better of buying an enclosure which can take both drives at the same time. Or you may get away with two separate enclosures used at the same time. Then try programs which claim to be able to recover data from raid 0.

    Your best option here is to try lots of different recovery programs (some will be able to 'find' data others can't). Googling will give you lots of results of recovery programs.

    You will also find lots of sites giving their suggestions on how you can recover from raid 0 eg http://www.freeraidrecovery.com/library/raid0-recovery.aspx

    RAID 0 is for increased performance and increases the chance of an error causing loss of data. With all data, no matter what configuration you have, if it's important you should back it up.

    Good luck
  3. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    If they were in RAID-0 then you need to use a compatible motherboard that can recognize the existing RAID-0 array and allow you to see a functional RAID array. That means if it was using an Intel controller for RAID you'll need to connect the drives to another Intel RAID capable motherboard and enable RAID. Doing one drive at a time is a exercise in futility and will not result in much usable data if any at all.
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