You have added several hard drives to create a RAID array on your computer, but disk drive is not showing up with unknown reasons? Is the RAID hard drive corrupted? What can you do to get back all inaccessible data when RAID drive is not showing up normally on PC? Is there any way to read data from an unreadable disk drive in RAID array? It is really a difficult task to read data when RAID drive is not readable on computer. However, things will become much easier if you can extract all inaccessible data from the unreadable drive. Now, this article will introduce how to extract inaccessible files from a RAID drive when it does not show up on computer.
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In order to extract files from an unreadable disk drive, you need to rely on a data recovery tool. iCare Data Recovery Pro is a Windows-based data recovery program, which provides read-only way to search data on any storage media. Therefore, you can use this data recovery software to restore all inaccessible files such as images, videos, music, documents, etc when RAID drive is not showing up on computer. You can free download this data recovery software and use it to recover files from any brand of hard drive including Seagate, Samsung, Maxtor, Kingston, Hitachi, Western Digital and more.
Preparation: Free download and install iCare Data Recovery on your computer. Please avoid installing the software on the RAID drive where data got lost. Then, you can follow the steps below to recover files from RAID array:
Step1. Select a proper scan mode after running the data recovery software.
Step2. Choose the drive where data got lost and then the software will scan it to search lost files. You only need to wait patiently before the scanning is completed.
Step3. You can preview lost files after scanning and then save the lost files to another drive.
A disk drive will become unreadable due to different kinds of reasons. Although it is not showing up on your computer, the previous data stored on the drive is still intact on it. Therefore, you just need to use a data recovery tool like iCare Data Recovery to deep scan the RAID array so as to search all files from the unreadable disk drive. In order to recover all lost files, you should perform on RAID array carefully to protect it from being overwritten or physically damaged. It is only possible to recover data that is not overwritten from RAID drive which is not physically damaged.
RAID 0, also known as striped volume, is usually created by at least 2 hard disk drives. Within RAID 0 volume, data will be written evenly on each hard drive without parity information. Since all data striped across all hard drives in RAID 0, it will cause data loss when one of hard drive failed. If RAID 0 drive is not detected by computer, you need to rely on iCare Data Recovery to get back lost files. This software is compatible with RAID 0 array to recover lost files without rebuilding the array on Windows.
You also need to add at least 2 hard disk drives in order to create a RAID 1 array. When you store data to RAID 1 volume, all data is mirrored to all hard disk drives in this array. For example, if you have 2 hard drives on RAID 1, data will be stored on one hard drive and the data will mirrored to the other hard drive. Therefore, RAID 1 provides a safer solution for data storage. If one hard drive is not recognized or not readable, you can read data from the other hard drive. However, if you are unable to read any data from RAID 1 volume, you can use iCare Data Recovery to recover data from unreadable RAID 1 volume.
You need 3 hard disk drives at least in order to create a RAID 5 array. RAID 5 provides a safe and cheap solution for data storage, so it is a good choice if you want to create a RAID array on your computer. However, you will still meet data loss problem on RAID 5 array due to reasons like RAID 5 is damaged or unreadable, in which situation you can use iCare Data Recovery to recover data from RAID 5 volume on Windows computer.
In fact, iCare Data Recovery is able to recover data from all levels of RAID array when it is not readable on computer, which includes RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 2, RAID 3, RAID 4, RAID 5, RAID 6, etc.