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  1.    22 Apr 2017 #61
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    From everything I'm reading, data from a failed drive in a RAID0 configuration can't really be recovered due to the nature of the beast. The reason is, parts of a file is written to one drive, while the rest of the file is written to the other drive. So, any data recovered from the failed drive would be incomplete, needing the rest of it from the other drive.

    http://www.dell.com/support/article/...top-pc?lang=EN

    RAID0
    Striped Disk Array with no Fault Tolerance - Provides data striping - spreading out blocks of each file across multiple disks, but no redundancy. This improves performance but puts all data at risk in the event of a disk failure. The drawback to this method is if one drive fails, then all data in the array - both disks are lost. The only benefit to this method is it speeds write times to the drive which makes your system quicker and it keeps the full size of the disks.
    If that store tells you they can recover your data, they would be wrong.

    If a drive no longer shows in BIOS, it would take a professional data recovery service to "try" and recover anything. But you'd still only have parts of everything - in other words, it would be useless.

    I am truly sorry.
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  2.    22 Apr 2017 #62
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    One thing you could try:
    Replace the SATA cable to the drive, and see if it shows in BIOS.
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  3.    23 Apr 2017 #63
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    What if the disk controller has gone and not the disks though?
    is that a possibility?
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  4.    23 Apr 2017 #64
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squibbler View Post
    What if the disk controller has gone and not the disks though?
    is that a possibility?
    It's always a possibility. Do you use a controller card, which can be swapped out to check this?
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  5.    23 Apr 2017 #65
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    Looks like maybe his BIOS settings, somehow, got messed up. Try to reset the BIOS to factory default, from within the BIOS. There's an option for it, all have it.
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  6.    23 Apr 2017 #66
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    Thanks guys. I am going to see if I can get some help from a local file retrieval company, as I am wary of screwing up my computer further. f14tomcat - that would be great if that works - I will mention it to them. My computer was upgraded from vista to win 7 to win 10 - I am wary of touching the the bios as well and probably need to get someone to actually see it. It seems odd that it happened after plugging in the flash ...perhaps trying to boot from flash screwed up an already sensitive bios?
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  7.    23 Apr 2017 #67
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    I dont have controller cards and SATA cables lying around. I am hoping the data retrieval guys will. I have seen stories of people getting data back from Raid 0 if the raid can be recreated or found again and if the raid data on the drives itself is not corrupted. Will see what these guys say. There seem to be a fair few companies to try locally...may cost me a couple of hundred pounds though
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  8.    23 Apr 2017 #68
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squibbler View Post
    I dont have controller cards and SATA cables lying around. I am hoping the data retrieval guys will. I have seen stories of people getting data back from Raid 0 if the raid can be recreated or found again and if the raid data on the drives itself is not corrupted. Will see what these guys say. There seem to be a fair few companies to try locally...may cost me a couple of hundred pounds though
    Good luck to you, Squibbler. If you can, let us know how it all works out.
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  9.    23 Apr 2017 #69
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    F14TOMCAT!!!! Thank you soooo much!!!!! you are an absolute star!!!! I went and checked my settings again in the bios because of what you suggested about resetting defaults .. tried that, no luck but then I dug a little deeper this time, checking every setting ..there is another setting that sets CPU to toggle between SATA and RAID - a different page to the one where you select the option 1, option 2, option 3 ... AND ...I am IN!!!!!! I am backing up everything tonight even if I have to stay up ALL NIGHT!!!! I never visited this page before - so strange it happened!
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  10.    23 Apr 2017 #70
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    Somehow plugging in the flash drive must have reset that setting in the BIOS .. you have just saved me a LOT of money and time, I cannot thank you enough
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