Raid 5 Recovery Can Hurt Without Preparation

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What is a RAID 5? RAID stands for “redundant array of independent disks.” A RAID 5 array is the most commonly used RAID configuration method. Data is divided into blocks and written onto multiple storage devices to protect it from loss. But what happens if it fails?

raid-5-recovery-tipsRaid 5 failures can include:

  • Controller Failure
  • Failure During RAID 5 Rebuild
  • Multiple Hard Drive Failures Past Point of Redundancy
  • Electronic Damage
  • Accidental File Deletion
  • Parity loss or damage
  • Accidental Formatting or Re-initialization

You can also experience RAID File corruption as a result of:

  • Virus Damage
  • Physical Media Failures
  • Controller Issues
  • Sudden Power Outages and Electrical Events
  • Software Errors and Malfunctions

If your RAID 5 array fails, or you suspect you have a problem, turn it off immediately. This will ensure the best chances that it can and will be recovered. If you operate it after a failure, you are putting it at risk for accidental overwrites, parity loss or other problematic issues. Contact a RAID recovery company as soon as possible to recover and fix your RAID 5.

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