Recover Lost RAID Partition

Posted by: Leo Mccoy

Recovering Lost RAID Partition Data on Windows

Here, let’s begin with understanding the basic logic and principle behind a RAID disk, get to know what the reasons causing loss of RAID disks are and finally, let’s know how to recover lost RAID partition data on Windows.

A RAID partition, stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is a data storage technology that employs a technique of merging multiple Hard Disk drives or SATA drives into a logical disk in order to enhance performance and data redundancy.  In Windows systems, there are different RAID levels (RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-3, RAID-4, RAID-5, RAID-6, RAID-10, etc.).

A RAID partition appears to be a single logical hard disk drive to the Windows operating system. It employs a technique called Disk Stripping, which partitions each drive’s storage space into different units varying from sectors 512 bytes up to several MBs. The stripes of all disks are interspersed and addressed in order. The different levels of RAID partitions offer different functionalities at various prices which can be chosen depending upon the requirements.

Actions leading to missing RAID partitions:

If one or more of the RAID partitions of your Windows computer are missing, you may be unable to do anything to figure out the reasons behind it and may be looking for a way to recover lost RAID partition. However, the actual reasons for this can be anything such as the RAID partition is corrupt, and hence operating system refuses to detect it. Described below are some issues in Windows computers, which may cause missing RAID partitions or a similar scenario:

  • Corruption in the header of the partition due to a virus or malware infection may cause the infected RAID partition to get disappeared leading you to recover lost RAID partition
  • Power surges or power related abnormalities while the partition is being read or write accessed can lead to corruption in the RAID partition, and hence the partition may no longer be visible
  • Hardware issues can cause corruption in a RAID partition or make it to get invisible, even if it is in healthy condition
  • Most of the RAID Disk drives function with a single controller and if it encounters any failure related to the controller, large single point failure of arrays is caused resulting partition loss or corruption
  • Any partition may get corrupted due to a large amount of bad sectors, or due to RAM errors, and hence it may no longer be visible or the Windows operating system fails to access it while booting
  • Missing RAID partitions can be due to errors in logical structure of the hard disk drive, causing one or more partitions to go missing
  • Reconfiguring the RAID disks due to any motive or while replacing the failed RAID disk incorrectly, may lead to partition loss and eventually to restore lost RAID partition

Performing lost RAID partition recovery with the help of Remo Recover tool:

In order to retrieve lost RAID partition, you need to use a powerful partition recovery software such as Remo Recover. It is a prominent tool to effectively carry out lost RAID partition restoration and also a reliable RAID 10 data recovery software. With Remo Recover software, you can easily recover a lost partition along with all of its contents. See the step by step procedure along with respective screen-shots that will enable you to easily perform RAID partition recovery for missing or deleted partitions.

Steps to recover lost RAID partition using Remo Recover:

Step 1: Install Remo Recover tool and launch it to open its Main Screen. Select "Recover Drives" option in order proceed with the recovery process.

Recovering Lost Raid Partition - Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 2: Click on "Partition Recovery" option to proceed with lost RAID partition recovery.

Restore Lost Raid Partition - Select Partition Recovery Option

Figure 2: Select Appropriate Option

Step 3: A list of available partitions appear on the screen. Select the lost RAID partition from where you wish to restore data.

Lost Raid Partition Recovery - Select Appropriate Recovery Option

Figure 3: Select RAID Partition

Step 4: After the completion of recovery process, a list of files recovered from the RAID drive is displayed.

Lost Raid Partition Restoration - Recovered Files List

Figure 4: Recovered File List

Step 5: Save the recovery session using "Save" option to avoid re-scanning of the RAID partition.

Retrieve Lost Raid Partition - Save Recovery Session

Figure 5: Save Recovery Session