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Most manufacturers seem to claim a 10 year lifespan. However, the biggest problem with them is that they degrade with use, especially with writing. They are also relatively fragile when in use and are fairly easily corrupted. In my experience you should never rely on them for archival storage. Some references for storage life: ...


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One way is to use cloud style solution such as Openstack Swift. (https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Swift https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenStack#Object_Storage_.28Swift.29) Other good example is Ceph. (http://ceph.com/) That way large number of basic storage hardware can be combined into single fault tolerant storage cloud. These cloud solutions also make it ...


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As it happens, I had to recover several corrupted files last week and tried Recuva first (didn't find them) and then something called photorec. That's the thing to use, very powerful. When you download their zip make sure you use the win gui version called qphotorec_win.exe (the one just called photorec_win.exe is dos cmd line version and way too cryptic). ...


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If it is SSD drive then maybe turn off TRIM, so it will not clean sectors where the file was located before this issue. I would suggest to create a full clone of your drive and then try restoration process on this clone.


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I think the answer is to try another piece of software, such as Recuva If that also fails then it's likely not recoverable. Your only option is to send to a specialist but either way, this is a lesson as to why we take back ups!!!


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Use again the init command giving a different runlevel as argument (for example init 3). You can see the default runlevel used by your box looking for the entry initdefault inside /etc/inittab


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PST files have always been known to have a potential to be corrupted. ESPECIALLY if you are not running up to date software. It sounds as though you have corrupted your .pst file. You need to delete it, and then restore the latest WORKING copy you have from your backups. ...


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Answer from CFI Group technical support. Unfortunately, this is limitation of RAID controller. You can not change HPA parameters. To solve the problem, you need to re-create the array, but all data will be lost.


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You're lucky, the RAID configuration is not the problem. RAID 1 is mirroring so each single HDD should hold all your data. I would - not use/connect/touch the other HDD until absolutely necessary - get hold of a standard PC with Intel chipset and connect the other drive internally. Hopefully, the Intel RST driver is installed. I was not aware that it put ...


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You said you can run recovery software, Is all the data you need able to be recovered this way? If so you should probably just migrate off of these disks. Have you run SMART checks on the disks? remaking the RAID with bad disks would just be asking for problems down the line. I'm unfamiliar with Intel Raid, but you could try checking for alternative ...


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OK, maybe my experience will be useful for someone. I did the following: Swithed to IDE mode, cloned all sectors from RAID member 1 from sector 0 to the first bad sector to an image file img01-1 using WinHex (you need to select physical device). Created a 4096-byte file and filled it with zeroes (I had 8 bad sectors 512 bytes each). I named it img01-2. ...



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