For 1, of corse the manual tell nothing about recover. Before I use new config in sensitive applcation I try how to recover. I'm sure the AMD raid bios not contain rebuild function, and not recover automaticly. This function moved to opsys driver utility.
For 2, I use many raid. For example the "parent" promise raid build its mirror in a way to help recovery disk data using normal controller. How to do its very simple. The raid information wirted and end of the disk. In that way the nmormal controller and opsys read its data without any problem, and I can save it if ths controller failed.