So, Im gonna make a point to ask this question a couple of ways for the sake of wording, and how it might trigger a memory that someone might have experience.

Heres what I have:
1. Two hard drives 2TB each.

Heres what I did:
1. Activated Raid0 striped → fakeraid via bios (legacy controller MBR)
2. Later on, activated Raid1 Mirror → Other half of the drives.
3. Backed up raid1 (essential files) → to that second raid = the Raid1 Mirror.

This is where I broke it: (Semi sorta on purpose)
1. deleted one drive, knowing (somehow) I could ultimately restore via the mirror.
2. Installed ubuntu to that drive.
3. Attempted to use “Disk Utility” , “Gparted” and “partitionmanager” to mount it/save it or even read it.

Now im sure if I absolutely had to, I could throw the drives into raid, and rebuild the mirror...
But is there a way for me to:
1. mount
2. read
3. emulate a full controller (by creating a 1GB Virtual image, and raiding it with the physical drive)
4. Emulate the FS (Mount it without)

Thanks in advance for any information you might have.


You can try using DMRAID. Just follow this instructions: Mounting FakeRAID

Please note, that fake raid controller are just like software raids. Linux will show you both hard drives even they are in raid mode.

But, I think it would be more safe to mount the hard drive with Windows and creating a backup. Using DMRaid could break your file system. You should also avoid using dynamic Windows volumes. If there is no license/installation media for Windows anymore you can download the Evaluation Version of Windows 2008 R2 Server: Windows 2008 R2 Evaluation Version

The best way for changing a operating system is to backup a raid on a extra device and rebuild the raid after installing the new operating system.

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  • ill burn a Windows 7 Lite disk, install to an extra sata 20Gb, and install on it as IDE with the raid started. – TardisGuy Oct 12 '12 at 6:27

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