Standard RAID (redundant array of independent disks) levels comprise a basic set of RAID configurations that employ either striping, mirroring, or parity to create large reliable data stores from multiple general-purpose computer hard disk drives (HDDs).
RAID 5 is one of the most popular RAID configurations primarily due to its use of disk striping (storing consecutive segments of data across different storage devices) combined with parity. This provides RAID 5 with redundancy and reliability.
For data redundancy, RAID 5 used parity instead of mirroring. When data is written to a RAID 5 drive, the system calculates parity and writes that parity into the drive. While mirroring maintains multiple copies of data in each volume to use in case of failure, RAID 5 can rebuild a failed drive using the parity data, which is not kept on a fixed single drive.
Although RAID 5 is able to overcome a single failed drive, once it has failed, it needs to be rebuilt or replaced immediately. If another disk happens to fail or a RAID controller malfunctions, then data recovery is the only option to prevent permanent loss of data.
While the RAID 5 configuration can provide some protection against and recovery from hardware defects or defective sectors/read errors (hard errors), it does not provide any protection against data loss due to catastrophic failures (fire, water), multiple disc failures, user error, software malfunction, or malware infection. For valuable data, RAID is only one building block of a larger data loss prevention and recovery scheme – it cannot replace a backup plan.
RAID 5 HARDWARE FAILURES
- Corrupted RAID 5 configuration
- Lightning, flood or fire damage
- Drive physical abuse
- RAID 5 hard disk drive (HDD) overheat
- Intermittent drive failure
- Media surface contamination
- Multiple drive failure
- Power spike
- Power supply burnout or failure
- RAID 5 controller failure
- RAID 5 corruption
- RAID 5 drive incompatibility
- RAID 5 array failed
- Vibration damage
- Damaged connector
- Manufacturer defect
- Power circuit malfunction
- Unintended or accidental deletion of files or records
- Reformatting of drives/array
- Reformatting of partitions
- Incorrect replacement of media components
- Mistakenly overwritten database files
- Employee sabotage
- Lost/forgotten password
- Overwritten files
- Overwritten RAID 5 config files
- Overwritten RAID 5 settings
- RAID 5 incorrect setup
- RAID 5 user error
RAID 5 SOFTWARE ISSUES
- Backup failures
- Computer virus or worm
- Corrupt files/data
- Damaged files or folders
- Directory corruption
- Firmware corruption
- Server registry configuration error
- Missing partitions
- RAID 5 configuration error
- Applications that are unable to run or load files
- Corrupted database data or other files
- Locked databases preventing access
- Deleted tables
So, your company’s RAID 5 server has crashed! Not that it is any consolation but yours wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last, but still, your data is at stake and it’s time for immediate action. Your first instinct may be to contact the manufacturer. More often than not this is an exercise in futility and wasted time on hold only to end with without a solution.
Your IT department can try to run some RAID 5 data recovery software. However, even the best RAID 5 data recovery software cannot fix most problems that cause RAID 5 data loss in the first place. Data recovery software isn’t likely to help in severe cases. DIY data recovery utilities can even make things worse and virtually impossible for even the best RAID 5 data recovery companies.
Our advise is simple. If you have encountered a RAID 5 failure resulting in potential data loss, give DriveSavers a call. Raid 5 data recovery is what we do! We are experts in the field with an extraordinary success rate backed by over 30 years as the leader in data recovery.
Our certified RAID 5 data recovery engineers have the in-depth knowledge and technical expertise that comes from over 30 years of data recovery experience, allowing us to achieve the highest success rate in the industry. DriveSavers Enterprise Systems Group specializes in recovering data from all operating systems and all types of high-capacity devices including redundant arrays of independent disks (RAID), network attached storage (NAS), storage area networks (SAN) and multi-disk servers. We routinely rescue lost databases, ERP accounting systems, mail servers and other mission-critical data for organizations of all sizes.
Because RAID devices are constructed with unique components and configurations depending on the manufacturer, it is imperative that our data recovery engineers have in-depth knowledge of the various proprietary metadata structures and hardware.
Technical alliances with RAID controller manufacturers have enabled our engineers to develop proprietary techniques, tools and technologies that aid in data recovery from RAID devices based on solid-state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs) and more complex hybrid and tiered storage environments. All major Raid 5 manufacturers authorize our data recovery services so working with DriveSavers will not void your original warranty.
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