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When Do You Need RAID Recovery Services?

Find Out When Do You Need RAID Recovery Services

Data is the lifeblood of businesses of every size. What would happen to your operations, revenue, and reputation if you lost all your customer records? What about your billing info, inventory tracking, or trade compliance files?

But don't think individuals don't also have critical data. All those photos stored on your hard drive? Or your writing project files? Or notes to track a loved one's medical care?

That's all data.

And data can be lost.

Backups are one way to reduce the risk of losing critical data. But sometimes backups can't save you from digital disaster. There are times when RAID recovery services are what will get you out of trouble.

Here's a quick yet comprehensive overview to help you know when RAID recovery is the answer to your data problems.

What Is RAID?

RAID, which stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is a method for data redundancy. In the most basic terms, RAID devices use multiple hard disks. Data is copied and stored on multiple disks.

With this approach, if one disk fails, the data is available on another. Redundancy is a long-standing method to protect against file corruption and deletion.

The number of storage disks used forms RAID levels. The higher the requirement for uninterrupted performance, the more RAID levels there should be.

Numbers indicate the RAID level. For example, RAID0 equates to no redundancy. RAID1 means there's a single redundancy or copy of data, often called data mirroring. RAID2 is a second redundancy and so on.

Businesses that are serious about protecting their data from all forms of disaster, use RAID5 at a minimum. At this level, data is stored in virtual stripes, which can also help with day-to-day performance.

RAID6 is like RAID5 except functional reliability is significantly increased. Data is stored in multiple blocks. The practical effect is that more than one drive can fail without causing service disruption.

It's uncommon but not impossible for a business to use RAID10 or higher for their critical databases.

Most individuals don't have any data redundancy. Or they rely on Google or similar provider to keep a copy of their files in the cloud. Some people keep a copy of files on an external drive, which is the NAS redundancy method.

When Can RAID Recovery Help?

It may sound obvious but RAID recovery services only work if your data storage uses RAID.

We point this out because, often, business owners aren't aware of the type of data safeguards used in their operational systems. The other two common options are SAN (Storage Area Network) and NAS (Network Attached Storage).

If you are reading this before a data crisis has occurred, make a point to know what type of data safeguard your critical systems use.

RAID recovery services can help avert disaster caused by hard drive failures. Recovery services can also restore data loss from software issues, corrupted databases, and plain old human error.

What Is RAID Recovery?

Storing data in multiple locations is one thing. Retrieving it and making it available for practical use is another.

Depending on the system failure, your active system may not be able to access and use the redundant data in its original location. Many times, redundant data must be migrated to the live environment without loss of integrity and security before it's usable.

RAID recovery is the act of retrieving the safe data and connecting it with the necessary applications to keep your business running.

But knowing how to do that isn't always straightforward. Factors that affect the success of RAID recovery include:

  • RAID level

  • Position of corrupted or malfunctioning disks

  • Root cause of data loss or corruption

If you use a RAID0 hard drive, the chances of data recovery are dramatically low. With RAID1 and higher, the chances of successful recovery improve. But having RAID6 instead of RAID1 doesn't guarantee a positive outcome.

Multiple disk failures can complicate RAID recovery. But the position of disks in relation to the writing of redundant data can matter too.

For example, if the malfunctioning disk is far down the redundancy line, that can require a different approach compared to recovering data on the disk normally accessed during live operation.

What to Look for in RAID Recovery Services

The most important aspect of RAID recovery services is expertise. Work with professionals with diverse, real-life experience working with RAID devices.

A wide range of situations can cause a business to lose data. Accidental loss from human error deletions or reformatted drives can be easy to resolve. Sometimes it can be done with software and little to no need for professional assistance.

But issues such as mechanical failures, data corruption, or physical damage are less straightforward to resolve.

Find a provider of RAID recovery services that can handle any kind of situation. Reputable providers evaluate the situation and present how they will recover the data before proceeding. Most often, the evaluation includes potential risks and likelihood of recovery.

Look for RAID recovery services that are efficient. If your situation is urgent, do they offer emergency services?

Choosing a RAID Recovery Service Provider

Finding the right provider to recover your RAID data doesn't have to be overwhelming.

First, check that they can meet your expectations for speed of service. Lost data can quickly translate to lost revenue for most businesses.

Read reviews and recommendations. Did previous customers have a situation like yours?

Is their process clear? Be wary of RAID recovery services that are vague about how they access your data, communicate about the project, and deliver the restored data to you.

Some RAID recovery service providers will come to your home or business. They will remove the disk and, in a few cases, work onsite as they repair the data. This can add a layer of comfort for some individuals or IT teams.

But onsite work involves travel costs and be disruptive to daily operation. It can also be inefficient if the recovery expert doesn't have all the necessary tools and equipment with them.

A better option for many people is remote service. If you're able to remove the damaged or malfunctioning disk, sending it to the recovery expert can save much time and money.

No Recovery, No Payment

Reputable RAID recovery services stand by their skills and expertise. If the data can't be recovered, they'll say so in their initial evaluation. And you won't pay a cent.

That's the kind of business we run. Our goal is to restore your RAID data as quickly and fully as possible.

We offer a variety of data recovery services. Call, email, or chat with us today to learn more.