I have an ASUS Sabertooth Z87 motherboard. I have one Samsung 840 Pro SSD and four 500GB Western Digital RE4 HDDs making up a 3TB RAID5 array. I have my home server virtualized on this array which is 1.6TB with precious photos and downloads.
It really is pretty simple how this happened. I've been running all my drives in RAID mode, my SSD included as a stand alone. I wanted to optimize the SSD properly with Samsung Magician. I needed AHCI mode and through some research found that technically any stand alone drive on a port set as RAID will automatically run as AHCI. The Magician software was disagreeing saying it wasn't AHCI and so I couldn't enable some awesome wiz-bang features.
I switched to AHCI mode on the Intel controller, rebooted, and the SSD was detected in AHCI mode just fine. RAID was broken (obviously) so I rebooted and switched back to RAID mode but then for some reason two drives from the array are now marked as non-member disks making the array failed. Booting into Windows, the RST software says the same. I've done data recovery before but not a RAID5. Based on my what I know about RAID and the research I've done, I've found that deleting the array and recreating it using the exact same configuration is harmless and this is how you should start recovering data. From there I'm using R-Studio, GetDataBack, Recuva to scan for my data...
This is one source of information I've been using: http://www.overclock...mber-disk-error
It's been about a week and each scan takes at least 6 hours and I haven't really had much luck in finding my data intact. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
If you're hear to preach backup to me, don't bother. I just need help in getting this back.