It’s important to understand how a RAID 0 and RAID 1 work to understand the difference between them.
A RAID 0 contains a minimum of two hard drives and the data stored on the hard drives is split evenly between the two drives. This means one file can be stored on both drives, in pieces which allows for faster access to the data. This is known as Striping.
A RAID 1 again contains a minimum of two hard drives, with the data stored on one hard drive and a copy of that data is stored on another hard drive. This is known as Mirroring. The advantage is if one hard drive fails the data is still accessible on the working hard drive.
Unfortunately, there are times when a RAID fails and causes the data to be lost. The main causes of a RAID failure vary, from the RAID controller failing to one hard drive failing or a hot swap of one drive.
For RAID 0, if one hard drive fails it causes all data to be lost because it is striped. So, to recover the data both hard drives are needed, so the data from both hard drives can be pieced together rather like a jigsaw.
When one hard drive in a RAID 1 fails, the other hard drive should carry on working, however the failed hard drive can affect the working one, and if the RAID Controller fails then both drives will be inaccessible. A RAID 1 failure does mean that every drive offers a chance of recovery increasing the likelihood of a successful recovery.
At R3 we perform RAID recoveries on a daily basis. It’s important for our clients to know that if it is business critical data that has been lost, the cost of the data recovery should be covered by business insurance. It’s also very important to understand if the lost data has any impact on the Data Protection Act and the new GDPR as non-compliance will incur significant fines and penalties. As part of our RAID data recovery service we provide help and guidance to ensure compliance for any data breach allowing our clients to fulfil normal day to day operations without distraction.
I have recently used R3D to retrieve data from an external hard drive.
I called Andy at 11pm on a Saturday after my hard drive failed, he immediately ran through the symptoms and calmed my fears that all data was lost, but was honest that data recoveries are not always successful.
I required the data immediately as it was for a deadline the following Friday, the issue was I was based in London and the lab based in Sheffield.
After searching all data companies in and around London none would answer my call on a Saturday. In fact no one else would answer my call or say they could look at my case on the Sunday.
I took the drive myself to R3D and was very impressed with their facilities. Andy also explained the whole process and what they were doing at each stage.
Unfortunately the hard drive had a physical failure and needed to be rebuilt to have any chance of recovering the information.
After starting the rebuild at 4pm on the Sunday, Andy advised it would take him and his team until the morning to know if any information was recoverable - fantastic I thought. Andy and Mark got to work on my drive as soon as I left and by 10pm on Sunday they had retrieved almost the entirety of the information of my hard drive.
I cannot reccomend R3D highly enough, they are clearly experts in their field and have a passion for what they do. Through the whole process Andy kept me informed of progress and explained everything they were doing.
If you have a crisis or any data recovery needs these are the guys you need!
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