Buffalo Terastation – NAS & RAID Recovery
Buffalo Technology, a manufacturer of RAID, NAS, and other storage devices, are now available at affordable prices. As a result, you may find a Buffalo RAID or NAS devices in your office or attached to your home computer.
Using a Buffalo Technology RAID or NAS device is putting your data one step closer to having your critical business and or personal information protected.
Don’t get too comfortable just yet, as a hard drive failure, power surge, or a user error can result in you needing to contact a data recovery company and request information on a Buffalo NAS or Buffalo RAID data recovery service.
Depending on the Buffalo RAID or NAS failure, your files and data stored on your NAS or RAID storage device, may become inaccessible. These type of RAID or NAS data recovery’s tend to be quite time intensive, complicated and expensive.
The RAID 0, RAID JBOD or RAID 5 failure is challenging because your failed RAID data is scattered over 2 or more hard drives that were configured with RAID using your Buffalo RAID or Buffalo NAS device. In these cases, your data is stored as 0’s and 1’s on your hard drive, not as files and folders as you may expect. Therefore, for the RAID recovery or NAS recovery to be successful, you must be able to recombine almost all the 0’s and 1’s (bytes) just as they were before your Buffalo RAID or Buffalo NAS device failed.
With a good maintenance and backup plan, most RAID and NAS failures typically only require you to rebuild your failed Buffalo RAID or Buffalo NAS device by installing new hard drives. This is assuming no other electrical components failed and your Buffalo Terastation has not been damaged.
Overview – How to Perform a Buffalo Data Recovery:
How to Perform a Buffalo NAS Data Recovery – Guideline.
1- Repair any physically damaged Buffalo RAID hard drives. *
2- Make two sets of forensic images (bit by bit) of all the Buffalo RAID drives onto low level formatted hard drives.
3- Store one set of imaged hard drives in a secure location.
4- Using the second set of hard drive images, calculate the Strip Size and Parity of the RAID array.
5- Once the strip size is calculated, “Destrip” the second set of forensic images onto a RAID server or a large
capacity hard drive.
Stay tuned, we will post more details on Parity and Strip size ASAP.
6- Now you can use your data recovery utilities to recombine the 0’s and 1’s into files and save them on your server.
7- Test the files for functionality to ensure they are working. If they are not working properly, then you will need to manually edit the data files and test them again.
8- When you are done with your Buffalo NAS Recovery, backup your recovered data onto a second hard drive. This will ensure that all your hard work in preparing your own Buffalo NAS data recovery does not “vaporize” as a result of an accident or unforeseen event.
Special Buffalo Data Recovery Precautions:
Before you start your own Buffalo NAS Data Recovery – Consider this:
Any hard drive images you prepare must use write protection on the source drives. That means if you slave your RAID hard drives to your computer, without using any hardware write protection hardware, you are destroying your data even before you start. Also know the beginning part of the failed RAID drives has information that is needed to successfully perform your Buffalo RAID or NAS Data Recovery.
* If you are not comfortable with physically repairing failed RAID hard drives, then you should not attempt your own Buffalo RAID data Recovery.
If you are not able to get all of your RAID hard drives imaged, then your Buffalo RAID data recovery will not be successful and your files will not work or be repairable.
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