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Aberdeen RAID Data Recovery

July 17, 2014

Aberdeen rackmount RAID deviceData recovery on Aberdeen LLC devices is complicated by the high level of specialization that Aberdeen provides. Out of brand RAID management, one of the major innovations of Aberdeen LLC (introduced in the Aberdeen Sterling 267), allows system administrators to efficiently customize their servers, change RAID levels, and more without risking data loss. It’s allowed for incredible flexibility in many companies, and as such, devices from Aberdeen are exceptionally popular.

Nevertheless, data recovery cases are often received in which rebuilds or server changes were improperly handled, resulting in some form of data loss and even overwritten data. This can be catastrophic for IT departments, as the NAS and RAID systems offered by Aberdeen often hold terabytes of vital information. As such, we treat every data recovery case on a Aberdeen LLC device as a priority. Even in extreme cases, our experience in the field and knowledge of the various file systems used by Aberdeen LLC has led to a high recoverability rate, even when data has been partially overwritten.

Recovery Process for Aberdeen Devices

Data recovery on Aberdeen LLC devices typically involves two phases: a standard hard drive recovery phase (if data has been lost due to a hard drive failure), followed by a specialized approach to rebuild each system of drives in the correct order to recover intact data. This second phase is addressed on a case by case basis, as the high level of specialization in Aberdeen LLC devices makes a universal data recovery plan impossible.

Only high-level engineers with experience with RAID, NAS, and various other multi-drive arrays are allowed to work on Aberdeen LLC devices, and we work closely with our clients to develop a plan based on the operating system, file system, the exact cause of the failure, and other variables. Many modern Aberdeen LLC devices use VMWare virtualization software, and engineers are leaders in VMWare recovery techniques. You can read more about our techniques and capabilities for VMWare systems by speaking with a member of our data recovery team – call 1.800.237.4200 to get started.

Remote Recovery Options for Aberdeen Data Recovery

Because of the high level of complexity involved, some Aberdeen LLC cases are recovered onsite. This is especially true when a hard drive failure caused the data loss. However, in many instances remote recovery is possible, although the possibility of remote recovery needs to be directly assessed by a data recovery engineer.

Remote recovery requires secure, block level access to the array or NAS. Engineers connect to the system, repair damaged VMFS volumes or other volumes dependent on the operation and design of the device, and allow the volume to be easily mounted. This process minimizes downtime and can sometimes be completed in only a few hours.

Supported Aberdeen Devices supports recovery on the following Aberdeen LLC devices. As data recovery techniques are constantly improving, it’s impossible to list every recoverable system, and recovery techniques will vary for different devices. Contact us to speak to an engineer for an estimation of your case’s cost and the likelihood of recovery.

Please note that this is not a complete list.  We currently offer data recovery services for all Aberdeen storage systems.

  • Aberdeen AberNAS 211
  • Aberdeen Sterling 267
  • Aberdeen Petarack SAN
  • AberSAN Z-Series
  • AberSAN-FC Kit and Other Fibre SAN Devices
  • Aberdeen AberNAS LX Series
  • Aberdeen XDAS iSCSI Series
  • All Aberdeen JBOD Devices (including JBOD expansion sets)
  • Aberdeen iSCSI SAN Series
  • Aberdeen XDAS and NAS Servers

If you’re interested in remote recovery, call us today at 1.800.237.4200 to speak with an engineer who can assess whether remote recovery is possible on your device.
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