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Recover files from raid 5 arrays Manchester

We have 2 raid 5 arrays that need looking at. Array 1 – 4 x 500 gb disk array, one disk failed possibly due to overheat. We cannot get the array to rebuild. I have a new disk for replacement.
Array number 2 – 4 x 500 gb disk, Working OK but 2 drives accidentally removed while machine on. 2 drives still up, 2 drives OK but not online. Drives in both arrays Seagate Momentus 7200.4
What are my options in recovering the files from these raid 5 arrays?, based on us delivering the HDDs and whatever other kit you need, and 2-3 day turnaround? We are a located in Manchester

One of the raid 5 disks is a hard drive was from an external enclosure, has since been removed as I thought it might be the enclosure causing the problem. The hard drive used to show for a couple of seconds on Windows but then became unresponsive and ejected itself. The hard drive does turn on and spins and is detected by windows but will not show up in the disk manager. We consulted raid data recovery company Data Clinic in Manchester (Bury) and discovered that plugging the hard drive directly into my motherboard froze the PC at boot completely. Connecting it to the raid 5 array for data recovery purposes has a similar effect on the raid and we can not access any of the files stored on it.

The raid 5 arrays use the same hard drives – HGST HTS541010A7E630. When we take these hard drives out of the raid array and connect them to a computer some are recognised, others are not.
Hard Disk Sentinel gives health of 0.
Can anything be done to recover data?

Different Fault, Different Problem

Hi i have an Android, that was water damaged, the screen is knackered and it sounded like it was fried, i soaked it in Iso-propynol 98% and left it to dry for a week. Plugged it into my computer and its registered a couple of times and sometimes not, i sent it away to a local shop and they stated it was dead, i know its not because i can hear the thing trying to work when plugged into the computer, i think the only way im going to get the data is to send to someone like yourself.

View of ManchesterComment: This post is similar in some ways to a previous post I made about mortgage brokers Manchester Mortgages where I recovered mortgage broker advice for people looking to buy mortgages in Manchester.

I need read/write heads for western digital my passport, model number: wdbkxh5000abk-03

I’m having trouble with my Samsung portable M3 1TB hard drive. It is not connecting to my laptop/PC – it usually flashes a blue light when connected but is not doing this at all now.

I have a Maxtor Basics 1000GB Storage Hard Drive which has served me well. But it has failed, and I can no longer access my data, which includes all my family photographs. I can deliver it to the 68 Lombard Street office.

1 TB WD external Hard Drive my passport.
Contains 830gb of data (mostly video but also photo and documents) used on mac.
Drive suffered small impact yesterday, and now gets recognised very slowly by laptop, it Cannot be ejected normally and a force eject is required. The drive sometimes loads the files inside of it but I haven’t tried playing or transferring them from there. Although most of the time it just unresponsive or the file names appear without the actual documents within them appearing. Otherwise it sounds normal as if the disk is turning and the light on the side blinks / stays on whilst the cable is plugged into the laptop.

I have a Seagate HDD with corrupted firmware. I would like to know how much it would cost to recover the data on it, or if it is at all possible. External 3tb hard drive corrupt only had it for 2 weeks and now important data is lost.

I have a internal WD SATA hard drive that is no longer able to mount with my computer. It is Macintoch Journal formatted and I fitted it into my HD enclosure with 4 others. 1 has failed and is the one I’m having trouble with.
I have tried many ways to resolve it myself.
You I ask advice or to get the data recovered.

Western Digital elements 2tb external hard drive, has been dropped. Since then, when it is connected to a laptop through USB. The discs spin for the duration of 7 beeps then 3 then another 3, then the discs stop spinning and the drive is undetectable. I desperately need to re-cover all work files on the drive.

I have an xperia B3181 that has deleted text messages from a cheating husband. Can you extract that info for me. I live in Canada.

Serial ATA Hard Drive
Western Digital WD1200
WD P/N WD1200js-00MHB0.
The drive is installed as a slave unit. There is no O/S on it.
There was no sign of imminent failure. No noise or rattles etc. The drive was OK at shut down and when I booted up next day it was simply unavailable, could not be read.
The disk contains approximately 70GB of important data.

I’ve got a raid 10 (4x2Tb/HP server/windows) badly rebuild (with a faulty disk). The files are visible but corrupted. The total amount of data on the raid is about 2Tb. Could you please sent me a quote today please.

Case Study: Manchester Mortgages

manchester mortgages web siteThis month I was called out to Manchester Mortgages (http://manchestermortgages.co.uk/), a mortgage brokers based in Eccles, Manchester who had lost access to some of their data.

Background

Manchester Mortgages provide advice and assistance to people requiring mortgages for buy-to-let, remortgage and people with poor credit amongst others. Much of the information they hold is stored on an Access database and for one reason of another they held no backup of this data.

File Won’t Open

When attempting to open the file by double clicking it the computer hung and the file would not open. Analysis of the hard drive showed that the drive had many bad sectors – including bad sectors inside the Access database.

Bad sectors on a hard drive are areas that can’t be read due to the drive degrading to such an extent that the hard drive is unable to read the data from the bad sector. Bad sectors are rarely single isolated occurances – hard drives usually have hundreds or even thousands of bad sectors. Modern hard drives have effective management and control systems that detect bad sectors on a hard drive and swap them out, replacing them with a good sector from a pool of good sectors they keep in reserve. Eventually the pool of good sectors dry up and the bad sectors then spread across the hard drive.

Recovering the File

Recovering a file affected by bad sectors is a difficult thing to do. By double clicking the file, the computer attempts to open the file but it can’t because it can’t read the information from the bad sector. Rather than give up, the hard drive tries repeatedly to read the data from the bad sector. This places a high amount of stress on the hard drive’s head which will eventually lead to a head crash and all the data on the hard drive being lost.

Therefore the only course of action is to use a hardware approach that turns the error checking off and also circumvents the operating system. Fortunately I have this piece of hardware in my equipment, and hooking the Manchester Mortgages hard drive up to it I was able to recover their file fully.

Backup

This case study is a fine example of why it’s essential that we all backup our valuable data. A study has shown that 70% of businesses go bust within a year of a major data loss event (http://www.capitalnetworks.co.uk/news/2010/07/21/70-of-businesses-that-experience-a-major-data-loss-go-out-of-business/). Manchester Mortgages had most of their data stored in one file. If I had been unable to recover this data that may well have been the end of the business.