IBM Raid Data Recovery
We have successfully recovered data from all IBM Raid Servers including IBM eServer iSeries – System i, IBM eServer pSeries – System p, IBM eServer xSeries – System x, IBM eServer zSeries – System z, IBM TotalStorage – System Storage, IBM eServer BladeCenter, IBM eServer 1350 – System Cluster 1350, IBM Power Systems, IBM eServer Storage Server, IBM Linux OpenPower Server, IBM Linux Cluster 1350 Models.
Call us on 0800 075 0720 for a quote from one of our IBM Raid Data Recovery Engineers. The quote is free with no obligation to proceed.
We offer 3 options for Raid data recovery, the folowing quotes are based on a 2 or 3 disk raid system with no disks having a physical failure, if you have more disks in your Raid Array phone us for a quote:
Our pricing is very competitive compared to other London Data Recovery Companies. Due to the current recession we have reduced our pricing to relect the current climate. This means you can get a 1st class data recovery service for a great price. We can recover from hard disks that have:
Malfunctioned Raid Controller, Missing RAID partition, Raid Power Surge, Wrong Reconfiguration of RAID volume, Raid rebuild error or volume reconstruction problem, Multiple disk failure in off-line state resulting in loss of RAID volume, Wrong replacement of raid disk, Loss of RAID System after system upgrade, Loss of RAID configuration settings.
Raid Operating Systems:
Microsoft Windows™ Servers: Windows 2000 Server™, Windows Server 2003™ (Win2K3), Windows Server 2003 R2™, Windows Server 2008™ (Win2K8, W2K8), Windows Server 2008 R2™, Windows Server 2011™, Microsoft Hyper-V Server™ (Windows Server Virtualization)
Mac OS X™ Servers: Mac OS X Server 1.0™ Rhapsody, Mac OS X Server 10.0™ Cheetah, Mac OS X Server 10.1™ Puma, Mac OS X Server 10.2™ Jaguar, Mac OS X Server 10.3™ Panther, Mac OS X Server 10.4™ Tiger, Mac OS X Server 10.5™ Leopard, Mac OS X Server 10.6™ Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Server 10.7™ Lion
Other Raid Operating Systems: Linux™ Distributions, Ubuntu™ Servers, Debian™ Servers, FreeNAS™ Servers (FreeBSD™), VMWare Server™, Apache™ Servers, Sun xVM™ Server, Solaris™ Servers (SunOS).
Common Raid System Failure Scenarios:
One disk fails in Raid System, the Raid Array is running in degraded mode. Damaged disk is replaced, system starts rebuild and stops mid-way through process. Raid system will not boot.
Single raid controller. This raid controller can fail. Clients try replacing raid card but system does not boot.
Server was hot by a power surge, the controller or hard disks can fail is this happens. A power failure can also result in the Raid System having to reboot and as a result lose its Raid Settings.
Replacing a faulty raid disk in an attempt to rebuild the raid volume to healthy state, wrong procedures are ofter performed resulting in wrong or partial rebuild, or a complete raid system breakdown upon completion of rebuild.
Missing RAID partition, Wrong Reconfiguration of RAID volume, Raid rebuild error or Raid volume reconstruction problem, Multiple disk failure in off-line state, Wrong replacement of raid disk, Loss of RAID System after Raid system upgrade.
Our Team - we are a fast, professional and focused data recovery company. No-one will recover your data faster than us.
Click on Data Recovery process on top menu for instructions on how to send your media to us.
How Does RAID Affect Data Recovery?
RAID data recovery is always different from other data recovery methods. If you are not an expert, it’s always better not to perform the recovery yourself. RAID data recovery mainly focuses on rectifying two main types of damage - logical damage and physical damage.
Logical Vs. Physical Damage
Logical damage can be caused most likely by a power outage which occurs during a data write operation. This can cause problems in reading the data, as files have been incorrectly stored. The RAID data recovery option required here must be a software-based one, in which a program analyzes how the data can be arranged correctly.
Physical damage is actual damage caused to the hard drive. RAID data recovery solutions for physical damage are used to replace the minimal amount of data on the disk drive in order to make the data readable again. Another option is to use special programs to collect the remaining data from the drive and then compile the same to a disk image file.
In most cases RAID data recovery is possible with your RAID volumes re-formatted, however it depends on how the volume is re-formatted. A controller level re-format sometimes overwrites only the array information and leaves the original data, or it overwrites every block on every drive in the array which is a longer low-level process. A reformat using the operating system will help you re-establishing the logical volume very quickly.
Preventing Data Loss on a RAID Drive
The main reasons for data loss on a RAID drive are as follows:
- Human mistakes such as accidental deletion, format mismatches, etc.
- Hard disk corruption –a RAID pattern gets destroyed when a chkdsk tool tries to fix a RAID disk and thus results in data loss.
- Partition table corruption –any corruption to the partition table where partition details are stored results in drive inaccessibility.
- Converting a file system –any interruption during a file system conversion can result in data loss from the RAID drive.
The Raid Drive Data Recovery Process
The steps in RAID data recovery process include the following:
- Evaluate the media for initial determination of the damage type, potential for recovery, and the effort required to recover the data.
- Estimate the amount of work involved, the amount of data that can be recovered, what are the actions to be taken, and the cost required to recover the data.
- Mirror the available data on the drive to a safe location, if the affected volume is physically functional when received. This step helps to increase the chances for complete recovery and also keeps the original data available for future when an access to the same is required.
- Repair any physical damage that is preventing the data from being accessible.
- Recover the data using software processes or programs (logical recovery).
- Analyze the data that has been recovered is intact and usable by providing a report.
- Return the recovered data on device or volume of your choice as soon as possible.
When you opt for RAID data recovery service, it is always recommended to check the experience of the Raid Data Recovery company. We have 14 years experience recovering data from raid servers. In most cases, the cost for RAID data recovery varies widely depending on the type and amount of damage, as well as the time required to recover the data.