RAID 5 Data Recovery Tips

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RAID 5 systems that store data are not infallible. In the event of a failure, you can often recover some or all of your data. Here are some tips that will give you the best chance for complete RAID 5 data recovery

  • Always back up your data files.
  • Monitor your RAID 5 system at all times. If any of your system drives fail, you must immediately generate a notification to the responsible party, whether via email, phone or text. In fact, consider using all three.
  • Immediately shut off your system after failure systems occur. At this point most, if not all of your data is recoverable.
  • You need to replace your drives immediately. If you reintroduce a problem drive to the RAID system, you risk losing all of your stored data. Operating a damaged RAID risks accidental overwrites, parity loss and other serious issues that can complicate the data recovery process or even render the data completely unrecoverable.  
  • Never try to reseat and rebuild drives because this can corrupt the system by introducing stale data.
  • Never try to replace more than one drive and rebuild an array.
  • Never try to re-introduce a drive to the array that has gone offline.
  • Never remove more than one drive at a time unless the relationship between drives and bays are clearly marked.
  • DO NOT reboot your system or allow the array to rebuild if the array has failed. Remember that the array will not fail unless at least two components fail.
  • Use a reputable data recovery service who specializes in RAID systems to ensure that you do not accidentally lose all of your stored data.

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