There are certain things you just shouldn't try to do yourself unless you have the proper experience and training: haircuts, asbestos removal and open heart surgery all come to mind.
And right up there on that list is RAID data recovery.
However, there are some steps you can -- and should -- take if your RAID array fails, in order to save as much of your data as possible.
1. If one drive in your RAID array has failed, even if you have a hot standby, copy all mission critical data before attempting to rebuild the RAID array. Rebuilding the array could stress the remaining hard disk drives to the point of failure, and when more than one drive in an array goes down, the entire RAID array fails.
2. If your RAID server is degraded but still running, make a backup disk image of all the working disks before attempting to rebuild the RAID array
3. Collect the necessary information about your RAID array and HDDs or SSDs, including make, model and manufacturer of the disks and each disk's position in the array. Label each disk with the appropriate position before you remove it from the array.
4. List critical data that needs to be recovered from the RAID array.
5. Start the data recovery process easily online with 24 Hour Data. http://www.24hourdata.com/data-recovery-form
6. Pack all disks -- both working and damaged disks in the RAID array -- for shipping.
7. Receive your free diagnostic within 24 hours, and have your critical data recovered in just a few days.
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