RAID, or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, was developed to help businesses more affordably make their critical data safer, safeguard against operational interruptions and increase overall computing system performance. This is done by combining, either via software or hardware, several independent hard disks into one logical disk. Although RAIDs offer several benefits over singular hard drive systems, they still suffer serious failures and are more difficult to recover files from.
RAIDs are largely used because they are “fault tolerant,” or able to continue operating even though one drive fails. When a drive does fail, it is simply “swapped out” for another while the system continues to run. Unfortunately, RAIDs’ Achilles heel is that they are only able to handle the failure of one drive. Of course, many times, multiple drives fail all at once and this is the primary source of their problems. The causes of RAID problems generally fall under three categories:
There are some important steps you can take to mitigate your potential data losses and facilitate recovery if your RAID system ever fails. These include, among other things:
RAID systems are exceedingly complex, so when they malfunction or fail it is essential that you hire the right professionals for the job. Our company is highly respected by manufacturers and IT companies alike, and our professionals have extensive training and experience in successfully dealing with RAID systems. Call us today to solve your complex IT issues.
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