RAID 0 Data Recovery For Hard Drives and SSD
With a RAID 0 (“Redundant Array of Independent Disks”) configuration, data is “striped” across multiple drives . Many external backup drives, Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems, and desktop systems that contain 2 or more drives will have RAID 0 as a configurable option. This configuration will combine the capacity of each drive into one large storage volume. SSD devices are replacing hard drives in many RAID 0 configurations, not only for commercial applications but in consumer environments as well. Hard drives still comprise the majority of RAID 0 volumes in use, as they still maintain the advantages of tremendous storage capability and lower cost.
How Does It Work?
RAID 0 is a storage configuration that allows data to be spread (or written out as a “stripe”) alternately across multiple drives in a volume. Many of these volumes will involve just 2 drives, although more can be used in an even numbered pairing quantity. The main benefit to this configuration is performance and speed. With a data file being stored across multiple drives as opposed to a single drive, the access times are noticeably increased. This configuration can be found in both hardware and software based RAID volumes, and is usually selected when the primary concerns are speed and utilization of the maximum storage capacity available (such as in animation and video production environments).
What Can Go Wrong?
The name says it all. RAID 0 provides “zero” protection against logical or physical failure. Unlike other RAID configurations, if a single drive fails in a RAID 0 volume there is no “fault tolerance” (no data redundancy or parity). This lack of data protection means that all data on the volume is at risk of total loss. It only takes a problem with one drive to render all of the data contained in the volume totally inaccessible. For example, if one or more heads in a single hard drive stop working, the drive may not come “ready” in the volume. IC components can be corrupted or fail entirely. Many other problems can occur, which is why it is important that all of the storage devices in the volume are evaluated for their data recovery potential in an “as-failed” state.
When RAID 0 Volumes Fail
VANTEX is your source for professional data recovery for damaged or otherwise inaccessible RAID 0 volumes. We have the personnel, procedures, and tools in place to quickly and safely recover your data regardless of the cause. We have decades of recovery experience with file deletions, corruption, viruses and other logical problems within Windows, Linux, Mac, and other operating environments. If data loss is caused by physical or mechanical problems, our dedicated team of recovery specialists can also work to repair, replace or correct problems with heads, firmware, IC components, and other related issues with the drive.
Give us a call to discuss your RAID 0 data loss, or fill out our short Information Request Form. We will outline the possible options and the costs involved – all at no charge, and with absolutely no obligation.