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Data recovery from a partially rebuilt RAID

I’ve often heard it said, “the RAID has been rebuilt – the data cannot be recovered” and often this is the case. With RAID5, if the configuration is changed, and new parity is calculated, then there will be a significant loss of any data that was previously stored on the RAID.

As Hamlet so eloquently put it “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”, just because something is outside of our normal experience does not mean that it is not possible.
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Is a NAS RAID reconfiguration the end of your 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?

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RAID5 backup, why bother?

RAID 5 combines capacity and performance with fault-tolerance, a disk can fail and the RAID will keep on going, so does this mean that there is no need for backup? Is RAID 5 data recovery never going to be a requirement?

Some people seem to think so, but have been dangerously mis-informed. The error correction used in a RAID5 array is there to provide a level of protection for what will often be business critical data, but can still only survive the loss of a single hard drive from the array. Even RAID 6 with double error correction can only cope with a failure of two drives.

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