When One of Your Raptors Die – The Raid0 Problem

I was so proud of my desktop at home a year ago. 4 SATA hard disks running at raid0, with two undisputed speed demons, namely my new pair of Western Digital’s Raptor (74GB). It’s my habit to leave the computer on since I’m almost on it 24/7.

Until the best thing that had ever happen to me when I least expected it. One of the Raptor crashed. Almost most of my Real Estate files, photos and details went pfft in a matter of a day’s time. Though I could try to do a data recovery with WD’s approved data recovery company, it’s too expensive to do so.

Hard Disk Crashed..
photo credit: lost.modern

Sending my hard disk for RMA means there’s at least 2 weeks down time with it. The best thing I could depend on is my laptop to work. That means not much multi-tasking is allowed (with the limitation of ram as compared to my monster 4gb). I was thinking of doing a new raid 0+1 (with 8 hard disks), but ditched the idea after thinking of the cost.

This is the first and its going to be the last time that I ever leave important data unmanaged on my desktop folder.


ps. The most simple solution would be getting a good sized external hard drive which would simply cost you less than $500 for a 1TB to store periodical back ups of your hard disk with programs like Acronis.

pps. Strikes Western Digital off my list alongside with Hitachi, the former IBM.

3 thoughts on “When One of Your Raptors Die – The Raid0 Problem

  1. bro you ever tried this recovery program call GetDataBack ? Previously when my 320GB crashed it really saved my a$$, though it took me quite a few days to totally recover all the data.

    Tried alot of other recovery softwares but none came close to GDB.

    Ps. next time just do a raid 5 or raid 6 lah.. heh.

  2. Raid 5 or Raid 6 sial bro. Haven’t seen you quite awhile, how’re you doing?

    Sent the HDD back for RMA already la, but aiya.. those information I lost can still get back by just spending money, but honestly if its another year before this happens, I would have been devastated.

    How does GDB work man?

  3. Life’s treating me ok, how abt yourself? I’m doing backup systems now.. tape storage, vtl etc.

    as long as windows is able to detect the harddisk physically, then you can use GDB to scrub your hdd to retrieve the data inside. LOL you’ll be surprise at how much $hit you can dig out by scrubbing the hdd. So basically you’ll scrub your hdd and it’ll show you what “partitions” it’s able to find and their integrity then you just choose the supposed partition and perform the recovery .

    In any case, since you can do raid, might as well do raid 5 or 6? or even 50 or 60. More redundancy mar. Otherwise buy a tape drive to backup your data! hahahaha

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