RAID (redundant array of independent disks or formally, redundant array of inexpensive disks) is a method of organizing and categorizing computer data into a storage system that utilizes multiple disks or drives. This is meant to both store your data but also to improve the function of your computer as unnecessary data is organize more efficiently. Data is categorized by importance and function and then stored accordingly, allowing your computer to perform much more efficiently as the hard drive is less cluttered with data. RAID is not meant to be used as a sole back-up system for your data, it is meant to increase your computer’s performance but as it does this data is stored and copied. Because of this data storage, RAID recovery companies can be trusted to retrieve data from your hard drive(s) after a malfunction. Depending on the RAID level (a level which determines the necessary security and storage for each file) the data is stored on two or more disks, creating more copies of the files in case of hard drive malfunction. RAID levels 0 and 1 are most common with personal computer users as they only require a single hard drive, so turning on the capabilities is relatively simple. RAID level 5 is the most common level for small business servers, although some people use it for their personal computers as well. It uses three or more disks so even in the event of a single hard drive malfunction, your data is kept safe.
Nearly all modern personal computers are equipped with RAID mirroring abilities, meaning that the RAID configuration can be activated and copies will be created on separate drives. RAID offers an option in data back up as RAID creates multiple copies of your data in multiple disks, but can only recover information in the event of a hard drive crash because RAID utilizes separate disks. Data is often lost in the event of malware or virus when RAID is the only form of data back-up used. However, if the drives and disks are damaged themselves, steps towards recovery can be taken to retrieve lost data.
While installing RAID is a relatively easy task for a technologically savvy person, manual recovery is comparatively difficult. For an average computer user, choosing a RAID recovery service is a much more viable option than manual recovery. There are dozens of online companies that offer RAID data recovery and guarantee results or no recovery fee is charged. Shipping the physical media is necessary for data retrieval which generally takes 12 hours for a diagnosis and 1 to 2 days for recovery.
Legitimate RAID data recovery companies who promise excellent results will also display certifications and credentials such as government audits that prove the company’s ability to handle large scale cases, authorization by computer manufacturers like Windows and Dell, and customer reviews. They will also provide customer reviews that detail their service in order to help you choose the right data recovery company. Many of these companies also hold large corporations in their clientele which signifies the reliability of their engineers and technicians. Because the services are delivered online and via mail most of the companies are international although some are limited to either Canada or the United States.
Choosing the right company to recover your lost RAID data is difficult because there are so many different options available, as well as software and hardware that can be purchased. RAID recovery is best left to the experts so purchasing software to recover your data at home can cause more damage and so should be avoided. The companies that guarantee no fee in the event that your data cannot be recovered are the most risk free.