Posts Tagged ‘Data loss’
When attempting a data recovery from a Microsoft Exchange email server after a catastrophic failure, and when I say catastrophic I mean, no backup to restore from and file system corruption or file deletion that has rendered the Exchange information store files inaccessible, one of the tools in Altirium’s data recovery arsenal was to trawl the entire disk or RAID volume and identify pages of Exchange data and rebuild the information store from the ashes. However when Microsoft engineers decided to change their page error correction method so that they could correct a single bit error in a page this seemingly minor ‘upgrade’ had dramatic effect in the ability to identify Exchange page data.
The popularity of Network Attached Storage (NAS) RAID units has never been higher. For a small outlay a low powered, easy maintenance, storage device of 1TB or higher can be plugged in and used where once an expensive server with disk storage would have been the only option. Whilst RAID5 gives a high degree of reliance against the failure of any one disk in the NAS unit, other problems can result in an apparent total loss of data and a requirement for a NAS Data Recovery.
A NAS storage device in need of recovery was delivered to us last week. The customer had been using the device and on Friday evening all data was present and correct, but when the customer went to access the device on the Monday morning it was operational but there was no data present. So where had it gone and could a data recovery be achieved?
When I first started in the data recovery industry back in 1995 data recovery was very much a specialist area of expertise. There were no ‘off the shelf’ data recovery software tools. We had to develop our own methods and techniques to get the job done. These days however the data recovery market place is flooded with companies offering such services, so how do you know who to choose?
The NHS London “Serious Untoward Incidence Report Summary for 2008-2009” makes rather interesting reading, showing how many minor incidents have resulted in large amounts of data being “mislaid”, potentially in to the hands of persons who would use it for nefarious purposes. You can currently find the incident summary here.
What seems clear is that whilst information storage has undergone a massive technological development, the care of information has been neglected to a shocking extent.