RAID 1 Data Recovery

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Realtime Support Data Recovery provides round-the-clock RAID 1 data recovery services. RAID 1, also known as mirroring, involves duplicating data across two or more disks. This setup ensures that an identical copy, or mirror, is created on each disk. While RAID 1 offers strong read performance and reliability, it requires compartmentalizing storage capacity. This is because the total storage available is limited by the capacity of the smallest disk in the array. For example, if a RAID 1 array consists of three disks with capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB, the usable space will be restricted to 250GB.

RAID 1 offers a simple way to protect data while maintaining a reasonable level of write, read, and access speed. By implementing this approach, it is possible to fully optimize these operations. Although the process is sequential, the overall write speed is equivalent to that of all the write operations across each drive in the array. As a simultaneous process, the write operations occur in parallel across all drives, meaning that the recording duration matches that of the slowest disk’s operation. It is also feasible to apply this approach to the read process; it can be sequential so that the read speed closely resembles RAID 0, or it can be executed solely from specific drives. The latter option is utilized when there are notable disparities in read speeds among the drives in the array. However, looking at its benefits, increasing read speed and reducing access time are its primary advantages. The second advantage lies in data safety.

Pros: RAID 1 provides high read speed and a write-speed similar to that of a single drive. If one drive fails, data does not need to be rebuilt, but rather copied to the replacement drive. This technology is straightforward and uncomplicated.

Cons: One major drawback is that the usable storage capacity is limited to half of the overall drive capacity due to the duplication of all data. In some cases, software RAID 1 setups do not permit the seamless replacement of a failed drive, requiring the computer to be powered down first. This may be unacceptable for servers accessed by multiple users simultaneously, leading them to rely on hardware controllers with hot-swapping support. In the event of data loss, we can swiftly and effectively recover your critical data regardless of the cause.

Every engineer on our team is a certified expert in RAID data recovery, specializing in RAID 1 recovery and boasting years of experience in this field.

  • Certified Engineers
  • Trusted & Secure: HIPPA & PCI compliant
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • ISO 5 Class 100 clean room
  • Propriety Tools & Techniques
  • Highest Recovery Percentages in the industry
  • No Data, No Charge: If for any reason we are unable to recover your data, there’s no charge.

Common RAID 1 Failures

Physical RAID Server Failure

If the components of your RAID 1 Server experience physical failure, you may find yourself unable to access your crucial daily files. This encompasses the potential breakdown of the RAID 1 controller, RAM, power supply, motherboard, or backplane. No matter the cause of the RAID 1 server’s failure, our skilled RAID engineers are capable of retrieving your data.

Logical Failure of RAID 1 Server System

When the operating system such as Windows, Mac, Linux, Novell, Unix, or VMware becomes corrupted due to factors like virus attacks, improper shutdowns, updates, or user errors, it results in logical failures. This can lead to the system failing to boot properly and causing issues like blue screens or boot loops. If you find yourself unable to access your data in such a scenario, it is advisable to consult with one of our RAID engineers for guidance on the next steps.

User Error

In the event of accidental deletion, corruption, or formatting of data on your RAID 1 server, there is a high likelihood that we can successfully retrieve all your files. It is crucial for you to immediately cease usage and power off the server if a user error occurs, as any further actions significantly diminish the possibility of a complete recovery.

Physical Hard Drive Failure of RAID 1 Hard Drives

When the mechanical components of the hard drives in your RAID 1 server malfunction, it results in physical hard drive failure. Typically, such mechanical failures necessitate clean room procedures for successful data recovery. In the event of a member drive in your RAID 1 experiencing a mechanical breakdown, seeking professional data recovery services is essential to retrieve your crucial files. Our team of engineers is well-equipped and experienced to repair your RAID 1 member hard drive and promptly recover your files within our class 100 clean room facility.

What to do when your RAID fails.

  • Do not run any chkdsk options like FSCK, or CHKDSK. These utilities can corrupt or destroy your file system.
  • Do not try to rebuild the RAID array. Doing so can wipe out data needed to recover the data you are seeking.
  • Do not remove several failed drives at once hoping to reinitialize the array.
  • Do not lose the correct order of the drives in the array.
  • Do not try to repair any damaged drives yourself.

Before sending out the drives, make sure to label them in the right sequence to save time during virtual array reconstruction. Determine the type of RAID array, server model, filesystem, and operating system in use. If feasible, identify the faulty drives and the most recent drive failure.

**Important** We need all original disks that were in the array the last time it was operating normally.

Although many data recovery companies do not provide a free diagnostic for RAID retrieval due to the extensive time required, we differentiate ourselves by offering a flat fee for RAID data recovery. Our team of RAID recovery specialists will gather information from you during a phone consultation to provide an initial estimate of the expected outcome. While our flat fee covers RAID recovery, the total cost may vary depending on specific circumstances. Our competitive pricing structure surpasses all others in the market. We strongly advise against attempting to repair the RAID yourself, as this could result in irreversible damage. Please contact us prior to any self-repair attempts.

What You Can Expect during your RAID Data Recovery Process:

  • You will be assigned a personal service representative for your project who will guide you through the process.
  • The data recovery process can take 7 to 10 business days based on many factors, see below.
  • The assigned service representative will be in daily communication with the data recovery technician working on your case and keep you up-to-date with the recovery progress.

How Long Does RAID Recovery Take?

Most customers typically inquire about the duration of the recovery process as one of their initial questions. Regrettably, there is no definitive response to this query, given the unique nature of each case. While some arrays can be reconstructed within a day or two, several factors may impact the overall timeframe for data recovery.

Hardware Condition – A fully operational drive allows for much faster data recovery compared to a severely damaged drive that requires repair. Cases involving accidental deletion, formatting, viruses, and similar issues are typically resolved quickly, usually within 24 to 48 hours. However, there are instances when the process may take longer. Drives requiring hardware recovery generally necessitate 7 to 10 days for resolution, although this timeframe can be extended due to various factors.

Drive / RAID Array Size – A fully operational 4Tb drive can require up to 20 hours to complete a single scan, and multiple scans may be necessary for a comprehensive recovery. In our capacity as a professional data recovery facility, we consistently prioritize drive cloning as an initial precaution against potential data mishaps. Generally, anticipate an additional day for drives exceeding 500Gb in size, or several days for those surpassing 2Tb. Furthermore, substantial time may be required for very large arrays.

Number of Failed Drives – In striped RAID configurations, the time it takes to recover from failures can be impacted by the number of drives that have failed. If there are several failures, all of the drives need to be examined in order to identify which hard drive(s) became inactive first, ensuring that the accurate data is utilized in the reconstruction process.

Availability of Donor Parts – When dealing with drives that have hardware problems, it is often necessary to obtain parts in order to restore the drive to a partially operational state where the data can be extracted successfully. While some sub-models of hard drives are readily available and easy to source parts for from our vendors, others are not as accessible. In some cases, we may need to dedicate weeks to scouring the internet and reaching out to other data recovery facilities in search of the specific drive or parts required. Alternatively, we may have to purchase a donor drive from abroad and wait for it to be delivered. Typically, this aspect constitutes the lengthiest part of the entire process for hardware-level recoveries.

Functionality of Drive After Repair – Several hard drive brands do not react well to having their parts replaced, resulting in significantly reduced performance following internal repairs. Due to the microscopic nature of magnetic data writing, even minor variations in the manufacturing of components can lead to constant data re-reading. Although uncommon, certain hard drives may require a month or longer to fully retrieve all data following such repairs.

Pricing for RAID Data Recovery?

The pricing for our RAID data recovery service is determined by several factors, including the number of drives in your RAID array, drive capacity, drive type, type of failure, file and system type. While our RAID recovery falls under a single rate fee structure, the cost can vary depending on different scenarios. However, we assure you that our prices are highly competitive within the industry. We are committed to matching or beating any legitimate data recovery company’s price for RAID data recovery as part of our lowest price guarantee.

How Do I Get My Data Back After Recovery?

After your recovery is finished, feel free to bring your own storage device for the returned data. For RAID arrays, a high-capacity external hard drive is usually recommended. Alternatively, you can buy a new external hard drive from us at a competitive price, and we will transfer the data onto it for you. If you have very large arrays with substantial amounts of data, we may need to make arrangements to transfer the data onto a NAS or similar enclosure with RAID capabilities. Please get in touch with us if you need recovery from such an array and want more information.

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