We have extensive experience in recovery from failed RAID‘s, including parity-distributed and basic spanned or striped volumes

EVEN THE BEST-CONFIGURED RAID SYSTEM CAN FAIL DUE TO:

  • RAID Controller failure
  • Multiple drive failure
  • Accidental replacement of media components
  • Accidental reformatting of drives or whole RAID array
  • Array configuration lost
  • Intermittent drive failure resulting in RAID degradation

RAID Data Recovery – Our High Priority

Every single RAID data recovery   case which arrives at our labs receives high priority importance because we know and understand them to be a top priority for most organisations. Our disk recovery process, coupled with our ability to produce a safe sector-to sector dump of the complete volume, allows us to process an array as a collection of image files. RAID recovery  of crashed members of the array is similar to hard drive recovery procedures.

We are expert in all Disk Based Hardware and Software RAID Array Configurations:

  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 0+1
  • RAID 1E
  • RAID 3
  • RAID 4
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • RAID 10
  • RAID 50
  • RAID 60
  • RAID 5E
  • RAID 5EE
  • RAID 7
  • RAID Z
  • X-RAID

All further procedures to recover data from array members are done on the raw images, leaving original drives intact. Our advanced software tools will extract the data from the images. When a drive image is not available, the tools can reconstruct the data ‘on-the-fly’ in the same way that the RAID rebuild process would have done on the original system.

After determining what steps will be necessary to complete your RAID data recovery, we will contact you for approval . No work will be done without your approval. As soon as you approve the quotation, our engineers will continue with the recovery process.

Cleanroom-Based Advanced HDD Data Recovery

Sometimes the only way to recover data from a hard drive is to partially disassemble it. If this requires exposing the drive head and platters themselves, it can only be carried out in a cleanroom environment.

A cleanroom facility is particularly important when it comes to hard disk drives because they’re based around spinning, magnetically-coated platters- and the tiny head that reads and writes data off them flies just two-millionths of an inch(!) above the disc surface on thin film of moving air. These discs have to be kept incredibly clean- even a tiny particle of dust or dirt can be catastrophically huge at such scale, causing the head to crash into the drive surface. This will lead to massive data loss (on top of any that was already gone) and the loss of the drive platter. Worse, the dust from the wrecked coating can then get onto the other platters, causing their heads to fail in a chain reaction.

In short, this is why any repair that requires exposing the hard drive platters must take place in a clean room environment- and it’s why we are able to carry out far more advanced hard drive data recovery than most of our competitors.

 

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