Data loss can be one of the most expensive disasters to befall your business. If your organization loses its contacts, leads, employee information and digital versions of intellectual property, downtime and the cost of recreating it could be catastrophic. Companies invest in Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) so data is continually available. A RAID 50 provides a high level of speed and performance, but it isn’t foolproof. Here’s what your business needs to know about data recovery for RAID 50.

What is RAID 50?

RAID 50 uses at least six drives to combine data striping from RAID 0 and distributed parity similar to RAID 5, so it is sometimes referred to as RAID 5 + 0. RAID 50 stripes with parity, then arranges multiple parity stripes one right after another.

When choosing an array, organizations often compare RAID 50 and RAID 10 to select the best solution. RAID 50 requires more disk space for parity, so it supplies less disk space than a RAID 5. However, since RAID 10 uses half of its capacity for mirroring, RAID 50 provides similar reduced risk and increased capacity.

With RAID 50, each array can stand to lose a single disk without damaging the array. As long as each RAID 50 array within the system is small, your risk of damaging disk loss decreases. However, failure is still possible. Multiple disk faults within RAID 50 arrays can cause the whole RAID 50 to go bad.

The Cost of Data Loss

Array failure causes productivity to grind to a halt for many organizations. Dell Security conducted surveys on data loss that analyzed the impact of reputation damage, downtime, and technology repair costs in a recent report. They found the average cost of data loss was $5.4 million for U.S. corporations, with small businesses being the most vulnerable.

Hardware failure causes 57 percent of data loss, according to Dell. Human error, viruses, natural disasters and software corruption account for the rest. After a loss, the data can either be recovered by a professional or lost forever. Even if the loss only impacts one employee, it often has a ripple effect throughout an organization. As the employee’s productivity drops, he or she is less able to respond to others within your organization.

While businesses know their data are critical, a large percentage of them do not regularly back up their data. One 2017 analysis found 58 percent of small to mid-sized businesses are not prepared for a data loss, even though an estimated 140,000 hard drives fail every week in the United States.

If Your RAID 50 Array Fails

If you experience signs of failure, shut down your computer and contact an expert. Flashback Data offers a range of recovery options from low-cost to same-day emergency service.

Hire The Experts in RAID 50 Data Recovery

Fill out your information online and print a free UPS shipping label or drop your equipment by one of our locations. Our technicians will diagnose your drive and provide a firm quote for recovery. If you approve, we’ll return your data on your preferred form of media and supply you with tracking information so you can stay updated on the status of your material. To get started on your RAID data recovery, contact one of our experts today.