Originally Posted by Tuxxin
I ran a server with software raid 5. The motherboard went out and I wasn't able to recover data.
Technically, in your case, that is not software raid since raid is being managed by your bios. Its like a cheap raid card. Some people call it FakeRAID. Even if you were using true hardware raid and the raid card went down and you could not find an exact replacement you would be in the same position
With software raid, raid is managed by the OS and is hardware independent. Thus if your motherboard goes down you just need to replace the motherboard or move the disks to a new box. Software RAID is built into the Windows OS (Windows Server). For Linux you can download and install mdadm.