RAID Server & Array Technical Hitches:
RAID servers and arrays are becoming more common as time goes by and it is easy to see why. They have the ability to store vast amounts of data and also to allow multiple users access to this data at any given time whilst maintaining a level of data integrity that is hard to beat. However it must be said that regardless of how good the technology problems can still arise and as such these problems can leave you either running a RAID setup with a below par number of drives or one which can bring the whole system to a standstill. These problems can originate from faulty hardware, incorrect or missing volumes or firmware or even be the product of a power surge. Whatever the reason for the problem though we here at staines data recovery are on hand to help you get up and running again.
RAID Hard Drive Moving Part Degradation:
One of the most disconcerting things about any hard drive in any computer setup is that they will eventually develop some kind of fault. And for the most part these faults originate from failing hardware. The drives contained within RAID arrays are no exception and can often be found to fail because of the amount of use they incur in an office or corporate environment. There is a lot of movement involved in the reading and writing of data to and from a hard drive although you may not consider it to be the case. An actuator arm for instance passes across the platter of a hard drive 3000 times a minute; that’s 50 times a second. With that level of movement occurring in not one but several hard drives contained within an array it is really not surprising that at some point at least one drive will develop a hardware fault
Unsuccessful RAID Rebuild:
The rebuilding of a RAID device can often seem straightforward and for the most it is but there are occasions when the rebuild process may actually end in the loss of more data and productivity than you might have hoped. During the process another RAID drive may fail or the remounting of drives may fail if there has been undiagnosed issues with a RAID controlled card. We at staines data recovery have many years experience in dealing with faulty RAID rebuilds and can offer you expert advice and support when it comes to ensuring a safe rebuild as well as an accurate recovery of any data you might have lost in the process
RAID Onboard Firmware Disruption:
As with the drives used in PCs and laptops the hard drives contained with a RAID array are prone to problems with firmware. The firmware itself may be out of date, obsolete or even non-existent if there has been a power surge.The firmware itself can be upgraded if such an upgrade exists and can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website. But for the most part, once a piece of firmware has been issued with a device, it remains in that way for permanently. This is where problems can arise and we can help you overcome the problems of malfunctioning hard drives due to firmware complications. At staines data recovery we have experts and software who when working together can recover the data from drives rendered otherwise useless by faulty firmware
RAID Partitions Not Recognised And/Or Controller Cards Failing To Relay Instructions:
RAID controller cards are known to fail. Just as other hardware can fail within an array so to can a controller card which is normally inside a computer connected to the network that acts as a bridge between the other users and the RAID array itself. If a controller card fails the bridge is no longer valid and neither therefore are the connections between the users on the network and the drives on the array. This can lead to information not be stored properly or being incorrectly saved so that mirroring leads to corrupted data. Also issues regarding partitions can occur if the controller card is operation but only just enough to send the information or relay the instructions poorly. As a result you might find that the information on your RAID array is out of date when you eventually have it retrieved. If you or anyone else using your network comes into contact with an error relating to the saving of data on the RAID array the best course of action is to contact us here at staines data recovery.