RAID 3 Data Recovery and Repair Services
RAID 3 is a relatively uncommon RAID configuration that offers high data access speeds and a single level of fault tolerance. Businesses and personal computer owners use RAID 3 to protect critical data systems that require byte-level striping.
Our RAID specialists have the experience to repair any RAID 3, restoring your data to its original condition.
Unfortunately, while RAID 3 offers some protection from data loss, arrays can fail for a number of reasons. Secure Data Recovery Services offers data recovery and repair for
RAID 3 arrays of all sizes, and with dedicated engineering teams and best-in-class security, we provide an excellent alternative to costly data reconstruction.
Common causes of data loss for RAID 3 systems include:
- Multiple Hard Drive Failures Past Point of Fault Tolerance
- Accidental File Deletion
- File Corruption
- Operating System Issues
- Failed RAID Rebuild
- Parity Loss or Damage
- Controller Board Failures
- Repartitioning or Reinitialization
We offer the safest available services for RAID 3 systems. Our engineers treat physical media issues in a certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom, and by using state-of-the-art
security technologies, we can effectively repair your array while maintaining your privacy.
Secure Data Recovery Services offers free diagnostics for all RAID configurations. Our diagnostic services provide you with a price quote, turnaround estimate and other key
RAID 3 Design and Implementation
In a RAID 3 configuration, a computer writes information to three or more drives. One drive acts as a dedicated parity and provides redundancy. Data is striped across the
remaining drives at the byte level. Because RAID 3 offers striping with a parity, a failed hard drive can be switched out without any data loss.
This configuration provides high storage efficiency and some safeguards against drive-related performance issues. RAID 3 arrays are most commonly used for streaming video and similar applications, although other RAID configurations may be preferable in some situations for this type of function.
RAID 3 is one of the least common RAID configurations in practice, and treatment requires dedicated attention from an experienced data recovery engineer. Secure Data Recovery Services' teams specialize in RAID repair and recovery, and by using state-of-the-art tools and proprietary file utilities, we offer better success rates than any other
Steps to Take Following a RAID 3 Failures
You should avoid operating a failed RAID as soon as you notice signs of data loss. Shut the system down with its power switch. Do not use your operating system's shutdown
process, as this can cause additional data loss in some circumstances.
Common data loss symptoms include:
- Error Messages Referencing Parity Loss
- Files are Corrupt or Unreadable
- Operating System Failures
- Error Messages Indicating a Failed Rebuild
- Signs of Hard Drive or RAID Controller Damage
- Disappearing Files or Folders
Never attempt to rebuild a failed RAID 3. Rebuilding the array could cause parity issues, which can affect your chances of a successful recovery. Likewise, you should not
attempt to repair or replace any drives in the array. Do not use commercial data recovery software even if it is specifically designed for RAID 3.
Take the following steps for the best possible chances of a recovery:
- Keep the RAID Powered Off - This is by far the most important step following a data disaster. At
Secure Data Recovery Services, we receive hundreds of RAID arrays each year, and data recovery is a much less expensive and time-consuming process when an array is shut off
immediately after data loss occurs.
- Label the RAID Members - Clearly label each drive with its number in the array. This will help data
recovery engineers analyze the RAID quickly. Remember that RAID numbering starts with 0.
- Make a List of All Symptoms That Preceded the Failure - Reference the list of common symptoms above
and write down any unusual activity that preceded the RAID failure. If you accidentally deleted files, try to remember the exact location and size of the missing files.
- Call a Professional Data Recovery Company - Look for a company with a certified Cleanroom and
appropriate security credentials. RAID 3 recovery requires specialized tools, and you should find a data recovery provider with significant RAID experience for the best
Secure Data Recovery Services can help you minimize downtime after a RAID 3 failure. Our engineers have decades of combined experience with all RAID configurations, and we
can set up a free evaluation for your array at our nearest facility. To start your case today, call
Treating Data Loss on RAID 3 Servers
We regularly handle RAID systems, and our engineers understand the unique features of RAID 3. To safely treat your case, we will perform a series of tests on your array to
diagnose physical and logical damage. Our RAID experts can then create an effective strategy for data recovery.
If your array has failed disks, we will replace or repair damaged hard drive components in a Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom. Cleanroom technology plays an important role in the data recovery process by preventing platter contamination, one of the leading causes of in-lab media damage. Our Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom allows fewer than 10 contaminants per cubic foot of laboratory space, and we test it regularly to maintain our certification.
Our engineers then reassemble your RAID using onsite hardware and RAID virtualization tools. We make complete clones of each RAID, preventing any chance of accidental damage. Our engineers treat problems like corruption, unintentional overwrites and parity loss, restoring your array to a readable condition. At this point, we can verify recovered
data and return it to you via secure FTP or another method.
A Secure Option for RAID 3 Repair and Recovery
RAID 3 systems typically contain hundreds of private or legally protected files. Secure Data Recovery Services always uses strict measures to maintain security throughout the RAID recovery process, protecting your data from unauthorized access with state-of-the-art technologies.
We were the first data recovery provider to earn a SSAE 18 Type II
Certification, which requires regular audits of our networks, access control system tests and staff protocol interviews. Secure Data Recovery Services also held a
certification under SAS 70 standards, which preceded SAS 70 standards.
As a member of the Information Systems Security Association and a General Services Administration contractor, we understand the importance of excellent data security. Unlike
many other RAID recovery companies, we post our audit and attestation reports online to give our clients an overview of our security controls. Visit our certifications page
to view these documents or call our customer service team for more information.
Fast Turnaround Times and Free RAID Diagnostics
Secure Data Recovery Services offers an average turnaround time of 2-5 days for all RAID systems. Under our emergency service option, we can recover most RAID 3 arrays in under 48 hours. Our emergency services are available 24/7/365, and we follow the same media safety protocols and security standards regardless of service level.
Our free diagnostics give you an excellent way to assess costs before making a data recovery decision. Secure Data Recovery Services' RAID 3 evaluation reports contain
detailed failure information, risk-free price quotes and accurate turnaround estimates.
To set up free diagnostics, call our 24/7 RAID recovery hot line today. You can also read more about our advanced RAID repair and data recovery services by reading through our client testimonials.