RAID 5 Data Recovery
Secure Data Recovery Services specializes in RAID 5 data recovery. If you need to regain access to important files after a RAID failure, our excellent turnaround times and high recovery rates can help you avoid downtime, productivity losses and other serious consequences of data loss.
RAID 5 is by far the most popular RAID configuration option. It offers serious performance advantages over RAID 3 and 4 thanks to its distributed parity, and with fault tolerance for a single hard drive failure, RAID 5 is an ideal option for web servers and storage servers.
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One of the major advantages of a RAID 5 is this distributed parity. This feature allows for faster data access speeds than RAID 4, a similar configuration with a dedicated parity drive. A RAID 5 can write to all of its hard drives at the same time, whereas a system with a dedicated parity would be limited by the speed of the parity drive.
However, RAID 5 systems need to be rebuilt after losing a hard drive. Many of our clients lose access to their data during this rebuild process when a second hard drive fails or when the RAID controller stops functioning properly. While RAID 5 offers fault tolerance, it cannot replace a well-planned backup strategy.
RAID 5 failure scenarios include:
- Controller Failure
- Failure During RAID 5 Rebuild
- Multiple Hard Drive Failures Past Point of Redundancy
- Electronic Damage
- Accidental File Deletion
- Parity Loss or Damage
- Accidental Formatting or Re-initialization
We offer risk-free RAID evaluations for our standard data recovery service, and with offices in most major U.S. cities, we provide excellent turnaround times and fast access to state-of-the-art RAID repair tools. Secure Data Recovery Services is one of the only RAID repair providers with 24/7/365 RAID 5 services, and we provide a no recovery, no charge guarantee with every case. Contact our customer service team today to get started.
What to Do When a RAID 5 Array Fails
If your RAID 5 stops functioning or if you cannot access data, turn it off immediately. Never use data recovery software on striped data. Exercise extreme caution when attempting to repair or rebuild your array, especially if a previous rebuild attempt failed. Do not rebuild your array if you notice any unusual failure symptoms or error messages.
In our experience, most RAID 5 systems are completely recoverable if they are shut off immediately after failure symptoms occur. Operating a damaged RAID risks accidental overwrites, parity loss and other serious issues that can complicate the data recovery process. For the best chances of a successful case result, you should contact a professional RAID data recovery provider as soon as possible.
At Secure Data Recovery Services, we know that RAID 5 failures can have serious implications for any business. We take every possible step to limit turnaround times while maintaining perfect security controls. By investing in new technologies, we have developed a comprehensive set of professional RAID 5 data repair tools that allow for fast, dependable results.
Advanced RAID 5 Data Recovery Technology
Our engineers treat damaged RAID 5 media in a certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom, a specialized environment that protects against airborne contaminants. We have a large set of proprietary recovery tools, including utilities designed specifically for common RAID operating systems, and we lead our industry with a 96 percent success rate.
Our specialists can also repair your array hardware while recovering your data, further limiting your downtime and allowing your business to resume normal operations after an unexpected data loss disaster.
Advantages of our RAID 5 data recovery services include:
- Online Case Status Monitoring Tools and 24/7 Customer Support
- High Success Rates for RAID 5 Systems of All Sizes
- Fast Turnaround Times and 24/7/365 Emergency RAID Recovery Services
- A Large Network of Facilities
- Risk-Free Media Diagnostics
- Best-in-Class Security Credentials
- SSAE 18 Type II Certification and Other Security Credentials
When you need a fast, dependable way to recover from an unexpected RAID disaster, Secure Data Recovery Services can help. We provide RAID 5 data recovery, RAID 5 repair and other specialized services through more than 50 offices across the U.S., and with high success rates and excellent security credentials, we offer the best available option for professional RAID services. Call our customer service team today to get started or for more information.
Questions and Answers
How does a RAID 5 lose data?
Multiple hard drive failures can cause loss by pushing the array past its point of redundancy. File corruption, virus damage, failed RAID rebuilds, and user error can also lead to data loss. Back up your RAID 5 regularly to prevent unexpected failures from affecting your data.
How do I know my RAID 5 has failed?
There are several warning signs to be aware of including file corruption errors and operating system boot issues. RAID arrays may also generate LED error codes when experiencing hardware failures. Some symptoms may indicate physical or logical damage, but there is some overlap, overall symptoms vary from case to case.
How do I choose a qualified RAID 5 data recovery company?
Engineers should have advanced knowledge on the configuration of a RAID 5 and have access to professional and specialized tools to treat hard drive and RAID controller issues.
Secure Data Recovery uses a Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom and has dedicated utilities designed for striped data. All of our engineers have years of experience with a RAID 5 and can safely treat any array regardless of size, operating system or level.
What factors affect the cost of my RAID 5 data recovery case?
The failure scenario of your RAID will affect the recovery quote, as will the size of array, brand of controller card, and size of requested files. Secure Data Recovery offers free standard diagnostics for all RAID 5 systems and every case we receive is given a risk-free price quote and turnaround time.
Should I rebuild my RAID 5 array after a failure?
No. If you notice any unusual symptoms or if there has already been a failed rebuild attempt, do not rebuild the array yourself. You could accidentally corrupt the data or cause further physical damage to the media. When you experience RAID failure, shut the array down immediately to prevent further damage and call a professional recovery company.