Dealing with Hard Drive Crash Is Far Different Than RAID Failure

By on June 9th, 2015

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably suffered something completely devastating in this digital world we find ourselves in: hard drive failure. If you’re nodding your head right now I can bet that you are also reading this because you didn’t invest in a backup method for all your files by using a program like SOS Online Backup® or Dropbox®. If you’re now nodding your head furiously while you try to hold back the tears I want you to take a deep breath.

It’s going to be alright.

Okay, now that that is out of the way let’s talk about how to deal with hard drive crash. No one likes when something like that happens. We all spend so much of our lives on the computer and with digital formats being the preferred method of storing information a hard drive crash can essentially ruin your entire digital life. Photos, videos, music, documents and the like can all disappear into the digital universe never to be seen from again.

Once you’re absolutely certain it’s a hard drive failure and not another piece of hardware causing whatever glitch you may be facing you have a couple options you can use. It’s not required to be a computer genius to get a lot of these to work but if you are ever in doubt, you may just want to shell out the cash to get it fixed by a professional before you potentially waste it on any materials you end up not being able to use.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s look at our options of data recovery:

Buying a new hard drive

This one seems pretty straightforward. If you are comfortable with your hands on skills you can install your new hard drive and set up a primary/secondary relationship between the two; or a master/slave if you prefer. This option is really only going to be useful for you if you know what caused the hard drive crash in the first place.

Buying a USB universal drive adapter

This option is going to really help you out of you have more than one computer and you don’t know what caused your hard drive to crash in the first place. Using this device you can connect your two computers and set up the relationship mentioned in the previous section.

Once you’ve got one of the two previous mentioned methods up and running you can attempt to get your data off your original or slave/secondary drive by using data recovery software. This will help you, especially if you aren’t really sure if you can do it on your own. Software is generally designed to be user-friendly and it should walk you through step-by-step on how to recover all your precious memories.

Any of these methods are only going to be viable if your hard drive isn’t too mangled and your data is actually recoverable. If you’ve done an accidental formatting on your hard drive or there was a corrupt file on your system you should be able to recover all your information without a problem.

If you’ve learned anything from this experience it should be that investing the time and effort into some sort of backup system is definitely worth it. Hard drives are not meant to last forever so it’s better to do it now than later. You also should have learned some pretty handy tricks on how to help yourself if you ever come across such a terrible occurrence in your life. The world is not over, even though it may feel as though it is, and if you are able to make the repairs yourself you will be able to save yourself anywhere from $500-$2,500 which is what you should expect to pay if you ask a professional for help.

Can You Recover A Dell PowerEdge Server Yourself?

RAID data recovery is usually not offered by Dell itself. However, you can contact other a RAID 5 recovery specialist with experience with Dell PowerEdge servers. There are number of ways by which any disk array can potentially lose you some data, and unlike other simple single drive failures, repairing a RAID 5 array is not something a non-professional should consider. Because it is a tough task to recover Dell PowerEdge 2800 servers that are encountering hardware issues, you do need to make sure you don’t make an error and possibly damage the array more permanently than you need.

However, you can also take some steps to avoid serious RAID array damage. Like if you have to shut it down and disconnect it from the network, then it makes sense to do it properly and if you are planning to send your server for restoration, then it is ideal to send it in its original manufacturer`s packaging. Do not cover the disk with any static-causing covering material that can further damage the hard disk.

Besides that, make sure to back up your RAID server data on a regular basis, despite its redundancy. Each of the previous steps will really help you to access your data and will allow you to prevent the catastrophic events that just might ruin your hard disk.

Keep your chin up, kid. The world isn’t going to end just yet!

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