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Difference Between RAID and Hard Drive Rebuilds

There are obvious differences between a RAID array and a hard disk drive. A RAID array is a logical unit used for data redundancy or performance improvement by distributing data across multiple drives using parity, an error protection scheme. On the other hand, a hard drive is an individual data storage device used for storing and retrieving digital information. Just as there are differences in the function of devices, there is a difference in the rebuild process if an error or damage occurs. RAID Rebuild Process A RAID server failure is a serious matter because of the large amounts of…
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5 Ways to Avoid Data Loss: RAID and Hard Drive Rebuilds

Applying proper data recovery techniques is the best way to avoid the loss of important information. RAID stands for the redundant array of independent discs, which is a server system that functions with multiple hard drives. Although it is efficient in its design, the system is still susceptible to failure and hard drive problems. Individuals experiencing these issues require the assistance of professional recovery specialists. RAID is known for its array use and large storage capacity for documents, video, audio and photo data, and the data recovery process can be used to retrieve these types of files. There is a…
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How to Recover Data from a Failed RAID 5

It is possible to recover data from a failed RAID 5 server. RAID stands for redundant array of independent discs, operating through the functionality of individual drives. These drives work cumulatively by striping data in block sections and offering incredible storage capacity as it relates to documents, photos, audio, and video files. This RAID server is subject to failure and file loss just like any other servers. The increased number of drives can lead to failure issues. There are instances when multiple hard drives fail at the same time. Nearly half of this system’s failures have been related to mechanical…
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Recover Your Data from a Reformatted Hard Drive

Computers are an integral part of our lives and businesses. Critical data is stored by the hard drive stores on computers, servers, and other such devices. When a problem does arise with accessing this data, it may be necessary to reformat the hard drive. Some of the reasons include: Allocation of a new file system You may format the drive to remove the existing file system and create a new one. Data loss is possible in the process. Partitioning error While dividing your hard drive into smaller partitions, you may encounter errors. Reformatting would be performed to fix the errors.…
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The Most Common RAID Levels – What They Mean and How They Compare

There are many different RAID array levels and each level has tasks for which it is most suited. The RAID level you choose for your system depends on the amount of storage you require, the way you need to access your data and other outside factors such as cost, preferences and other considerations. The most common RAID configurations are levels 0, 1 and 5. There are also various combinations of these levels such as RAID 10 or RAID 50. Each level carries certain advantages and disadvantages depending on how you plan to use it. Most Common RAID Levels RAID 0…
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Fixing a Dropped External Hard Drive

External hard drives are very susceptible to be damaged from being dropped simply because they sit in high traffic areas and they get knocked over or moved around often.  The internal moving parts of a hard drive are very sensitive, the slightest jolt can result in the liquid bearing seizing or more commonly the read/write heads suffer physical damage.  Hard drives that experience more severe shocks from being dropped from 2 to 4 feet onto a very hard surface can not only damage the bearing and or heads but also the platters can actually shift off center from the spindle.…
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Hard Drive PCB Damage From a Power Surge

Hard drives that have suffered a power surge will normally affect the printed circuit board (PCB) and stop the hard drive from spinning up. However, sometimes the power spike can be so powerful that it can damage the read/write heads and or, as seen in previous cases, heat up insulating materials so intensely that it can turn into a gas. Then it will quickly cool down and descend on the platters where your data is stored. This is still normally a recoverable situation for the data recovery specialist but because of all the bad advice all over the internet about…
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Why Won't My Hard Drive Boot Up?

There are endless possibilities why your hard drive is not booting up. But for the purpose of educating you here we can assume that the problem is one of the most common problems we see and that would be bad sectors. This is an elementary problem to fix for a data recovery professional due to the specialty tools that we make available to ourselves. “Imaging” a failing hard drive with bad sectors is the key to preserving valuable data in this situation. The machine that we use to image hard drives is a special combination of hardware and software that…
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Three Reasons a Hard Drive Will Not Spin Up

There are 3 main reasons a hard drive will not spin up. Bad fluid bearing, bad motor, but the most common problem is the printed circuit board (PCB) may become damaged. The liquid bearing and motor failures are internal problems that require the hard drive be completely taken apart and rebuilt with special tools by a well trained data recovery technician. This is a very challenging recovery for even top professionals. Never open your hard drive yourself as it will be contaminated by dust particles, static electricity and humidity. Data recovery specialists use a class 100 clean room to protect…
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How to Select a Data Recovery Company

The sensitive, personal information stored on your computer is far more than a few pictures and some spreadsheets. Even if the only thing you think you have stored on your hard drive are email addresses and other correspondence, your hard drive is a virtual Christmas Stocking full of valuable tidbits of special interest to identity thieves. You want to keep your personal information safe. In addition, since it is not only your personal information, you want to keep your friends’ sensitive information out of the hands of unknown others. Naturally, you back your data up regularly, but what do you…
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