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A Complete Guide to RAID Repair

A Complete Guide to RAID Repair

Storage devices have turned into an essential element of life. Each day, we create data, through images, videos, music, emails and documents. While it seems that each of us can delete the excess, in reality, it’s not that simple.

Introducing RAID Technology

Fortunately, data storage technologies exist that offer convenience and lower cost. That happens through RAID hardware. Using RAID technology, several physical drives are integrated into a single storage unit, which is most often used as a server. RAID (or redundant array of independent disks) can be somewhat complex, with the potential for component failure. There are different arrangements for RAID technology. RAID 1 offers redundancy through mirroring where data is copied identically on two or more drives. A downside is that if malware infects one drive, it will infect both. RAID 0 does not provide redundancy but splits the data across all drives. RAID 0 exists because it is faster, though offers more risk for data recovery. The majority of RAID designs can survive with the failure of a few parts, but sometimes the only solution is RAID repair. For people with RAID server problems, the most common issue with the server is being unable to access the RAID volume – or anything. Fixing it can be tough; even system engineers with years of experience can have trouble with RAID 0 data recovery.

RAID Repair: Eliminating Further Data Loss

Following the correct process can help minimize future data loss, and with the right expert, you could have a successful RAID repair. In one scenario, with disk failure the RAID 1 server operates at a degraded mode. With this situation, only some of the critical data will be recovered. The benefit of this situation is that the RAID 1 server is still accessible, but a failure of the next disk means that you will experience a total failure. You want to copy the critical data as soon as possible before attempting a rebuild because the remaining disks could be close to failure. Luckily, a RAID 1 data recovery is easier. When a RAID 0 server breaks down it operates at a degraded mode. With this scenario, you want to save everything. That includes the application and the boot-up operating system. With this situation, recovering just the data may not be possible because you have to rebuild the disk image, which is cumbersome. RAID servers are set up often to handle big files or an extreme volume of incoming data at once. A few other RAID set-ups exists, including 3, 5, 6 and 1+0, but these are not used as frequently and only in specialized industries. Searching for a technician with the proper qualifications in this area can be an intimidating task. You have to evaluate expertise, because it increases your chances of a successful RAID repair. Additionally, if the disk drive was corrupted because of cyberattack or physical damage where court action is needed, you’ll want a qualified forensic recovery technician who can play the role of the expert witness. Secure Data Recovery Services offers both. Contact us with any questions you have and keep our phone number handy in case of emergency – 1-800-388-1266.

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