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How do I read RAW data from healthy drive via external encloser?

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Problem reading data from healthy RAW drive.

Old Dell PC motherboard screwed up, so aim is to transfer data from my old dell HDDs on a new PC via an external encloser USB system. Purchased an Antec MX-1 encloser.

Have two SATA HDDs - both Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 160GB each, from an old Dell PC
These were set up as RAID0 and RAID1 on my Dell PC.

Trying now to transfer the data on these drives to a new PC via the Antec MX-1.

Correctly installed one of the drives into the MX-1, and connecting via USB to new PC. Vista installs the drivers and recognises the drive immediately. However when i try to access the new drive i get the message: "You must format the disk in drive D: before you can use it".

Obviously i dont want to format the drive because i want to save and backup the data on the drive first, but the MX-1 is not letting me access the data.

Looking in the Disk Management section on my computer the SATA drive im trying to read at the moment has the following properties:
Layout: Simple
Type: Basic
File System: RAW
Status: Healthy (Active, Primary Partition)

Why cant i access the data on the drive - what do i need to do to access it? Do i need both my two SATA drives to be connected at the same time? Or do I have to do something else to the drive first to be able to read my files again?

Please help,
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RAID 0 + 1 takes four - or more - drives. You only have two. RAID 1 uses two drives or more.

If they were RAID 0 then you would have to connect both drives to an exact or similar RAID controller as they were in the Dell to read the data. If the controller is a separate add-in card - and still works - then you could set them up in another system, connect the drives and recover the data to a third drive. Make sure to connect the drives the same way they were connected before.
Thanks AceGoober - so im a semi noob to HDD configurations, but I do know that each of these two drives was just connected directly via blue cables straight to the motherboard in the Dell. So is the RAID controller a chipset on the motherboard? Problem is the motherboard USB controller is fried, and have no PS/2 connectivity on this board, so old Dell is useless. Need to use another PC to get this data back - what will have the exact same RAID controller other than another crappy Dell that breaks down after 2 years?
Check the Southbridge chipset (in-front of the PCI slots on the motherboard) and post the etched markings here.
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