Western Digital Data Recovery

Western Digital Data Recovery | Western Digital Server, NAS and SAN Storage Devices


At Realtime Support Data Recovery, we provide round-the-clock Western Digital data recovery services. With extensive engineering expertise in Western Digital Servers, Network Attached Storage (NAS), and Storage Area Network (SAN) devices, we are proud to be the foremost experts in secure and dependable data recovery across all server platforms. Our skilled engineers are adept at recovering data from any server manufacturer or configuration, and our advanced tools ensure proven success.

Recognizing the critical nature of retrieving data from a malfunctioning server, network attached storage, or storage area network device, we acknowledge the pressing need to minimize downtime resulting from server crashes or data loss. Our assistance is crucial in ensuring that your business operations remain uninterrupted during these challenging circumstances. Through our expertise in server recovery, we have effectively rescued numerous businesses and individuals, successfully navigating through intricate recovery processes.


NAS Server Pros and Cons

Pros: NAS systems provide administrators with a comprehensive and standard platform for file and document storage. They enable the consolidation of multiple servers onto a single machine with faster drive arrays than standalone servers, facilitating efficient collaboration. This allows for seamless communication between electronic devices, such as computers, printers, and scanners, reducing individual workloads and time requirements.

The large file capacity of network attached storage servers helps prevent errors like missing files and file corruption, contributing to improved organizational productivity. Additionally, NAS simplifies the management of failures and typical issues that can affect individual machines, offering an easy-to-manage solution for data restoration across a network.

Ultimately, NAS streamlines the management of large corporate data across multiple offices and mobile locations into one easily manageable machine.

Cons: One significant limitation of utilizing the NAS device is its reliance on the Linux file system. In the event of a power outage or hardware failure, professional data recovery services may be necessary to retrieve or recover any documents or files from the system. Additionally, end users looking to back up data are unable to do so directly and must instead go through the installed operating system.

SAN Server Pros and Cons

Pros: Installing a SAN offers the primary advantage of enhancing disk utilization. By integrating all storage into a centralized network, you can effectively manage it as a unified entity. This enables you to partition the central pool of storage resources at the network level and allocate storage more efficiently to the servers that require it. Without a SAN, the conventional method of disk management involves purchasing numerous disks and installing them in costly, large servers in anticipation of future growth. Consequently, any unused disk space remains wasted until it is needed.
In the event of a disaster, it is crucial to have a data continuity solution in place to ensure that critical servers running essential applications in your data center IT environment can quickly fail over. A SAN-based disaster recovery (DR) solution is the ideal choice for organizations with applications that cannot afford downtime. By implementing a SAN solution, downtime can be significantly reduced, ensuring minimal disruption to operations when disaster strikes.

Cons: Creating a SAN with high complexity is a significant challenge. It involves connecting intricate devices and making substantial changes to the architecture, which may not be worth the effort for some. Simply put, setting up a SAN is costly. While the return on investment can be seen in as little as 12 months, the initial expenses for hardware and network setup can be a major obstacle.

Establishing a storage area network requires a substantial investment, but it offers long-term cost savings. The implementation of a SAN can enhance the speed of your overall system, provide a disaster recovery option, and extend the lifespan of your hardware while addressing your storage requirements. Evaluating whether the potential benefits justify the initial expenditure is crucial.

Our team comprises engineers who are certified experts in Western Digital data recovery and have extensive experience in recovering data from servers, network attached storage, and storage area network devices.

  • 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 Western Digital Server, NAS and SAN Device Failures

Physical Western Digital Server, NAS and SAN RAID Device Failure

The physical breakdown of your Western Digital Server, NAS, and SAN controllers, as well as RAID controllers, is a common occurrence similar to any other electronic device. These malfunctions can occur unexpectedly, leading to a frantic effort to retrieve your data. A malfunction in a Western Digital Server, NAS, or SAN controller can lead to the loss of RAID configuration and incorrect identification of drive failures. This may encompass the breakdown of various components such as RAM, power supply, motherboard, or backplane. Due to the utilization of the less conventional XFS file system in nearly all Western Digital Server, NAS, and SAN devices, data recovery becomes significantly more intricate and specialized. Irrespective of the failure in your Western Digital Server, NAS or SAN system, our skilled network attached storage engineers are capable of restoring your data.

Logical Failure of Western Digital Server, NAS and SAN Device System

When the operating system, such as Windows, Mac, Linux, Novell, Unix, or VMware, experiences logical failures due to issues like virus attacks, improper shutdowns from power surges or failures, or user errors causing damage that prevents booting properly (resulting in loops or blue screens), your data becomes inaccessible. In such cases, it’s essential to consult with one of our RAID engineers to figure out the next steps.

User Error

If your server, network attached storage, or storage area network device experiences accidental data deletion or corruption/formatting of the Western Digital Server, NAS, or SAN RAID configuration, there is a high likelihood that we can recover all your files. In the event of user error, it is crucial to immediately cease usage and power off the device, as any further actions will significantly decrease the chances of a complete recovery.

Physical Hard Drive Failure of the Western Digital Server, NAS or SAN RAID Hard Drives

When the mechanical components of the hard drives in your Western Digital server, network attach storage, or storage area network device stop working, it is considered a physical hard drive failure. Typically, such mechanical failures necessitate clean room procedures to effectively retrieve your data. If one of the hard drives in your Western Digital Server, NAS, or SAN RAID experiences a mechanical breakdown, it is essential to seek professional data recovery services for the retrieval of critical files. Our team of engineers possesses the expertise, tools, and facilities to repair the affected Western Digital Server, NAS or SAN RAID member hard drive and promptly recover your files within our class 100 clean room environment.

What to do when your Western Digital Server, NAS or SAN 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.

On occasion, we may not require the entire Western Digital server, network-attached storage, or storage area network device and simply need the hard drives. If we ask you to send only the drives, please ensure that you label them in the correct order when removing them for shipping. This will streamline the process of virtually rebuilding the array, saving us time. Additionally, please provide information on the type of RAID array used, server specifications, filesystem, and operating system. If available, indicate which drives are faulty and which one failed most recently.

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

Most data recovery companies do not provide a free diagnostic for Western Digital server, network attached storage, or storage area network RAID due to the extensive time required. However, we offer a flat fee for data recovery on these devices. A specialist will gather information from you over the phone to give you an estimate of what to expect. While our flat fee covers most cases, the cost may vary depending on the specific circumstances. Our pricing structure is highly competitive and we strongly advise against attempting to repair these devices yourself, as it could result in irreparable damage. Please contact us for assistance before taking any action.

What You Can Expect during your Western Digital Server, NAS or SAN 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 Western Digital Server, NAS or SAN Recovery Take?

Most customers inquire about the duration of the recovery process as one of their initial questions. Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to this query, as each case varies. While many Western Digital server, network attach storage, or storage area network 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 quicker data recovery compared to a severely damaged drive that requires repair. Cases involving accidental deletion, formatting, viruses, and similar issues typically have a fast turnaround, usually within 24 to 48 hours. However, there are instances when the process may take longer. Drives requiring hardware recovery generally take around 7 to 10 days, but this timeframe can be extended depending on other factors.

Drive / Western Digital Server, NAS or SAN RAID Array Size – Despite being fully operational, a 4Tb drive can still take up to 20 hours to complete a single scan, and multiple scans may be necessary for a successful recovery of all files. In our capacity as a professional data recovery lab, we consistently prioritize cloning the drive initially to mitigate any potential mishaps when handling the data. Typically, it’s advisable to account for an additional day for drives exceeding 500Gb in size, or several days for those surpassing 2Tb. Furthermore, substantial time should be anticipated for very large Western Digital server, network attach storage, or storage area network arrays.

Number of Failed Drives – The performance of striped Western Digital Server, NAS, or SAN RAID arrays can be impacted by the quantity of failed drives. In situations where there are multiple failures, a thorough analysis of all drives is necessary to identify which hard drive(s) went offline first. This ensures that the accurate data is utilized during the reconstruction process, ultimately affecting the turnaround time.

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 functional state where the data can be extracted successfully. While some hard drive sub-models have readily available parts from our vendors, others do not. In such cases, we may need to dedicate weeks to scouring the internet and contacting 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 await its delivery. Typically, this aspect constitutes the lengthiest part of the entire process for hardware-level recoveries.

Functionality of Drive After Repair – Various brands of hard drives often do not react well to having their parts replaced, resulting in a significant decrease in their performance following internal repairs. Because hard drives write magnetic data at a microscopic level, even the smallest discrepancies in the manufacturing of parts can lead to the drive constantly needing to re-read data. Although uncommon, some drives may require a month or longer to fully retrieve all of the data after undergoing such internal repairs.

Pricing for Western Digital Server, NAS or SAN RAID Data Recovery?

The pricing for our data recovery services for Western Digital servers, network-attached storage, or storage area network RAID arrays is determined by factors such as the number of drives, drive capacity, drive type, type of failure, and file/system type. While our services fall under a single rate fee structure, the cost may vary depending on specific circumstances. However, we assure you that our prices are competitive and we are willing to match or beat any price offered by a reputable data recovery company for these specific types of data recovery.

How Do I Get My Data Back After Recovery?

After the recovery process is finished, feel free to bring your own storage device to transfer the recovered data onto. If you have a Western Digital server, network attach storage, or storage area network RAID array, it’s recommended to use a high-capacity external hard drive. Alternatively, you can buy a new external hard drive from us at a competitive price and we’ll handle the data transfer for you. In cases where there’s a large amount of data in Western Digital server, network attach storage, or storage area network arrays, special arrangements may be needed to copy the data onto a compatible device with RAID functions. If you need recovery from such an array, please get in touch with us for more information.

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