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.

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Essential Elements for Successful RAID Recovery

After reading this piece, you will be able to describe what a RAID data recovery case needs to maximize the probability of successfully recovering your 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 RAID 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. It is a procedure doomed to failure if too many drives have failed or the controller itself 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 RAID controller. The data recovery professionals at Data Savers are even experienced restoring data from RAID appliances where the RAID 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, they ensure you get the best possible result in the long run. It can be easy to assume that a quick fix may get your business running faster, but is it worth the possibility of losing everything? Before a technician touches your RAID, 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 data recovery services, one of the highest success rates in the business, and the customer service our clients have come to expect since we opened in 2005. If you or someone you know needs data recovery, request an estimate (hard to miss the button) and send us your drive today.