Keeping Your RAID In Good Repair

raidigrComputers are a wonderful thing. They allow us to believe we are more productive in our personal and professional lives. With an increase in digital technology we are coming ever closer to forgetting how to write words with a pencil and be proficient in typing only. Using digital information allows us to take hundreds of thousands of photos and videos and save them to a tiny flash drive that fits into the palm of the hand. Gone are the days of album upon album with printed photos pressed between plastic film. We don’t need to carry around a camera, video camera, notebook, MP3 player or even a watch all the time. Most of these functions can be found on a smartphone.

With the advancements of technology businesses are becoming increasingly digital and they are requiring more digital space for their files and information. In order to address this need of a virtual storage space and keep pace with the demands and instant responses people are expecting technicians are having to find ways to make it faster and easier for others to do their work.

One way to have seemingly more space and to keep response times fast is to employ a RAID server set up. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks and is a method of storage using multiple hard drives which assists with protection and performance. A RAID 10 set up employs at least two hard drives by striping and mirroring the data. This sounds great because you would think if one drive sustains damage you should be able to remove and replace it while the other drive maintains the data. This is not always the case as there are times when your systems sends out an error that affects both discs at once. In this case the data is only being written simultaneously it is not being backed up in such a fashion.

There are things to look into if your RAID should ever fail. There are two types of failure; logistical and physical. With these two types you will have two options for recovery. Logistical failures generally mean there is a problem with the software of the RAID server. Sometimes these problems can be fixed with remote access or by sending the broken disc in for repair. If you have a physical issue you need to either have a technician come in and repair the break onsite or send it away for recovery. Because RAID 10 uses multiple hard drives it will need a controller to help keep the information in check.

datarecoveryIf you are planning to send your RAID away for repair you will want to ensure that the company you are sending it to has some pretty specific characteristics. For one, what is their security? Many of the best places will employ 24/7 surveillance and guards to ensure unauthorized people do not enter or exit the facility. These places also generally use keypads on the doors as an extra precaution to keep your information safe. You will also want to look into the experience. While there are an abundance of data recovery shops you want to make sure the place you choose also has RAID recovery experience as it is quite different.

Most places will have good customer service and be available to answer your questions or give updates through e-mail, telephone or online chat at any time. The better companies will send you an itemized estimate that will go over exactly what they think is wrong with your device and exactly how to fix it. This will show you the budget you will need to repair your RAID and the pieces required to do so. No one likes unexpected costs. Look for these qualities and you should be fine.

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