How to Get Data from Raid 5 Array ?

RAID 5 is an array of at least three and often five or more hard drives which are used as a single drive. When you add data to RAID array, the controller card breaks it into chunks known as stripes. It writes a stripe to each drive apart from the one where it writes a parity stripe. This parity stripe is a set of data that the controller can use to extrapolate what all the other stripes are. In RAID 5 array the parity stripes are distributed across all the drives. Therefore if one drive fails, the RAID array can continue functioning without losing any data by reconstructing the missing data from the parity stripes.

Though RAID provides high performance, but it also brings many problems. For ex, you might find it difficult to resize and move partitions in these drives. These drives are also prone to failure due to heat, vibration and firmware’s. At this situation you might need the help of a professional RAID data recovery software to recover your lost data.

Possible reasons accountable for loss of data from RAID 5 arrays are as follows:

  • Accidental deletion of important files while dealing with the unwanted one
  • Corruption of partition table or boot sector due to harmful virus infections have severe impact on data stored on RAID 5 array
  • Sometimes data from RAID 5 might get lost due to failure of controller or missing partitions. The whole partition may become unreadable or unstable due to a single corrupt partition in array
  • You may lose your data if you run CHKDSK to repair RAID 5 as CHKDSK removes files if it finds any faults

In all above risks and failures there is software named Yodot Hard Drive Recovery that can used to regain lost data from RAID 5 array. This software has been a priority choice among IT users to recover their lost data from variety of storage media like hard drive, external hard disks, USB flash drives, memory cards, iPods, etc. This software will search for all possible files types from RAID 5 array and then recovered them and shows you in restored data list. You are able to get back MS Office files (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, PST, DBX files, etc), ZIP files, RAR files, PDF documents, media files (photos, RAW images, video and music files) and many more file formats from RAID 5 array and other storage media on Windows 8, 7, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems.

Steps to perform data recovery from RAID 5 drives are:

  • Download and install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software to your computer
  • Connect RAID 5 drives to the computer as external storage drive from where you want to recover files
  • Run the application and follow the instructions given on the screen
  • Select any one out of the two i.e. “Partition Recovery” and  “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery”
  • The software scans and displays all the drives present and attached  to your computer
  • Choose RAID 5 drive from where data needs to be recovered and click on “Next” button
  • The software now scans and displays all the missing / lost files from the selected RAID 5 array
  • Choose the files and folders which are to be recovered and at last save them to the desired location

Important Information

  • Do not allow the RAID controller to execute write operations on any known working drives
  • Backup important files before the disaster of data loss strikes

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