I have an ubuntu desktop 10.4 "server" with 5 hardrives. 1 of the hardrives had 3 OS's on it (Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Ubuntu 10.4). I primarily used the ubuntu OS so that I could use mdadm and boxee.
The other 4 hard drives were configured using mdadm in a Raid5 partition.
As far as I know, those 4 hard drives are fine...
But my main OS hard drive has completely died. The computer won't boot up, obviously, without a drive with an operating system.
My goal is to somehow reload an operating system onto a new hard drive that I just received from newegg.com, or to load a live cd...and then retrieve or reassemble my mdadm raid 5 partition so I can at least get my rather huge music collection off the machine and onto an external hard drive.
What [detailed] steps do I need to take in order to achieve this?