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The Anatomy of a Great RAID Data Recovery

The technology industry commonly utilizes standard best-practices, and RAID data recovery is no exception.

When your RAID goes down, so does your business. This means that you will do just about anything to get back up and running. Unfortunately for you and your data, the quickest methods of rebuilding a RAID are far from the safest.


Essential Elements for Success

After reading this piece, you will be able to describe what a RAID data recovery case needs to maximize the probability of Data Savers successfully recovering data.

1. RAID Recovery Should Only Be Attempted With Copies

Data recovery from RAID storage systems should only be done using copies of the original drives. When rebuilding a RAID it is difficult to guarantee that no changes will be made to the drives. This is simply impossible when plugging the drives back into the RAID controller. If this is done with the only copy, it is impossible to go back if any damage is done. The number one reason RAID’s are not fully recoverable is because the RAID was rebuilt with the original set of drives.

2. Replacing the Original RAID Controller

RAID recovery cases should consider options other than rebuilding from the original controller. Many technicians simply force a RAID back online and hope for the best. We’ve already outlined why this isn’t the best idea, but it is also a procedure doomed to failure if too many drives have failed or if it is the controller itself that has failed. In these cases, recovery is still possible through other means.

A recovery expert will have the tools available to recover your data even without the controller. The data recovery professionals at Data Savers are even experienced restoring data from appliances where the controller was completely out of operation.

3. RAID Recovery Takes Time

Your technician will be ready to take the time required to complete your recovery. You want to get up and running again, and many companies are ready to promise you a quick turn around. However, if your technician gives up once the first attempt does not go according to plan, then you may be walking away from recoverable data. Instead, your recovery professional should work with a sense of urgency, but still be ready to take the time to ensure you get the best data set possible.

The Data Savers team never stops working on a case until we have achieved a complete and successful recovery, or deemed that the data to be unrecoverable after absolutely exhausting our technical data recovery capabilities. If you lost access to data from a RAID storage appliance, and you need it back ASAP, the Data Savers team offers expedited services where our engineers will come in on weekends or stay late during the week to restore your data as quickly as possible.

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Closing Thoughts

While these three elements may not always be the fastest way to get your data back, it is the safest. While a quick fix may get your business running faster, is it worth the expense of losing everything? Before a technician touches your storage device, make sure they are ready to take all three of these steps. If not, find a data recovery company who can. Once the immediate crisis has passed, make sure you put a solid backup solution in place to prevent this from occurring again.

Data Savers offers industry leading communication, reasonable rates, and one of the highest success rates in the business. If you or someone you know needs data recovery, start a ticket and send us your drive for a free evaluation.

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The team at Data Savers were level headed and provided reasonable flat rate options. They quickly diagnosed the problem, recovered the data, and had me back to normal in short order.

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Data Savers' No Risk Steps

Send In Your Drive

Ship* us your drive, our technicians will examine it for FREE and provide you with a flate rate (no hidden costs) estimate. (*FREE UPS Ground shipping in continental U.S. too!)

You can start by clicking Submit Drive.

We can also email you a quick estimate with our Request Pricing option.

We Go To Work

After your receive your estimate, with your approval our experts will get to work on recovering your data. Our drive repair and recovery techniques have been developed over many years to get the highest success rate possible.

With our No Data - No Charge policy we will not charge you if no data can be retrieved.

Get Your Data Back!

We will transfer your recovered data to a new external drive, ship* it back to you and let you get back in business! (*Free UPS Ground return in continental U.S.)

We do keep a copy or image of your data for ten days to ensure that you receive it successfully. After that your data is securely erased.