Are you unable to access your hard drive? Do you believe that your hard drive has failed?
Data loss can be a crushing blow to any company or individual. It can cost time, lost hours, manpower and ultimately if it is not fixed quickly, the complete loss of your business and priceless information. This applies to anyone. The loss of your priceless data, business or otherwise can be dire to your life. A study done of businesses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina showed that companies who experienced a data loss lasting longer than seven days would go out of business within a year. And considering our country relies on these companies to support our economy, it has never been more important to protect your data.
Having said that, you should ALWAYS under no circumstance have some type of backup plan in the event something happens. This eliminates a whole host of nonsense issues that could be avoided entirely in the event your system fails. A backup can be the backbone of your business. Let that be the first thing you do for yourself. If you have invested in an HP RAID array, it makes sense to make the investment in a backup.
However, if you are here because you are experiencing an HP ProLiant RAID disaster, I am here to help. There is a variety of reasons why data loss can happen to HP RAID systems. The good news is, in over 90% of the cases involving HP RAID data losses; recovery was possible regardless of the size of the array or server.
The most common causes of HP ProLiant RAID arrays, and data loss were defective SAS or SATA hard drives. If you receive any of the following error messages it could mean you have a defective RAID controller.
- RAID FAILED
- RAID rebuilding
- RAID offline
- RAID offline
- RAID critical
- Repair failed drive
- Logical drive(s) disabled
I am not sure what your qualifications are, however, it is a well known fact that USER tampering and error can hinder RAID array recovery. In essence, if you don’t know what you are doing, don’t try to attempt to fix it yourself. Please. If you experience any of these errors, shut your system off and contact the appropriate professional to help you. If you continue to run your RAID system, there is a chance of further corruption or the drive can be overwritten, losing your data permanently.
The industry recognizes many professionals that know what they are doing when it comes to HP RAID arrays. With a quick search online you can easily locate someone to help. Ideally find a company who is willing to give you a free inspection and examination of your HP ProLiant RAID 5 server hard drives. They should be available to you 24/7/365, have excellent reviews, customer referrals and a perfect Better Business Bureau rating. Also, most companies offer a guarantee that if they cannot fix it, you don’t have to pay. All inspections and repairs should be conducted in Class 100 clean room environments.
HP also offers free tools, software, and live support. If you have time and are not in a hurry, it may be advantageous to contact them first. In any event, rebooting the system when it is having problems can be dangerous and have serious lasting consequences. If you are unsure, contact a qualified professional as soon as humanly possible.