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I just fired up a machine I've had in storage for a few years, and one of the power supplies crapped out in a cloud of smoke after a few minutes. The machine seemed healthy enough up until that point - appeared on the network, had the expected shares, but didn't allow RDP connections for some reason - I didn't have a monitor plugged in so was a bit blind.
There's a fair amount of specialist reading material on the machine, spread across 5 RAIDed 2.5" SATA drives. Only 500Gbyte or so in total.
So - if a replacement PSU doesn't fix it, are RAIDed drives standard enough that I can bang them into an external reader, one at a time, on a second machine, and recover my stash onto a single drive? I wouldn't be comfortable using an outside contractor, as there's work stuff on it as well as filth. It's an HP Proliant DL360 using whatever nasty built-in RAID controller it shipped with, and I have no idea how I set it up.
There's this, http://www.freeraidrecovery.com , but it looks like a free lunch being offered by attractive Russian ladies (hence the pic), which is nice and all, but I'm a tad cynical.
Inb4 'RAID is not backups. Yeah, I know. Most things are backed up, but there might be a month or two of smut, as that was never automated.