I don’t know what to say about the recent Dell PowerEdge servers. I think even if you didn’t have thousands of them, they were actually pretty decent servers that were solidly constructed. But I think one of the reasons Dell started having a lot of problems with their business model was that the quality of all of their products seems to have gone down. I read that a lot of the older Dell PowerEdge servers had RAID disk problems, and it seems like all of the new servers only lasted to the point where the warranty expired.
Beyond that, of course we had to go to a professional server repair company to get ours fixed. I am not saying that most of the controller cards failed on the servers, but it seems like Dell could have put a lot more investment into hard drive quality. It seems like all of the hard drives on some of the Dell PowerEdge servers are actually quite low quality. They keep failing all of the time.
Exchange Recovery Changes the Way We Look at Our Systems
I think everyone in our company was trying to figure out exactly what went wrong the day our Exchange server went down. Obviously, this is not something that you want to have to deal with because everybody uses the Microsoft Exchange servers. Once you set yourself up as a company that like to collaborate using this tool, you have essentially change the way that your company works. So to discover that one day we needed a full on Exchange recovery just to keep operating was obviously a little bit surprising for us. I thought that we had planned for emergencies pretty well, and then of course we found ourselves in an exchange data recovery situation.
I was fortunate that we found a company that specializes in exchange recovery, so that part of the process you actually ended up being not that bad. But after this, my boss started a harp on me about planning, and I realized that he was right. We really shouldn’t have had to deal with this whole exchange failure situation, and because we did, now I feel like I’ve failed as well.
Dell PowerEdge Data Recovery Options
When we were looking to acquire several raid servers to house our Oracle databases, I think we shopped around pretty well. We had discussed with a number of vendors what we were looking for as far as a Raid 10 array, and we got reasonable quotes from IBM, HP, and of course Dell. We ended up going with Dell because I think they were lower-cost and they seem to offer a pretty reasonable support plan overall.
But I didn’t realize that after a while we would probably find ourselves in a situation in which we would have to find a company that specialized in Dell PowerEdge raid recovery. Certainly, this kind of company is not very common because of the fact that raid recovery companies are very uncommon themselves. So once we actually found a vendor, we told a couple of our partners that these guys were experts and they kept them in the rolodex as well.
Raid Recovery Debates
Understanding that there is a huge debate in the world of raid recovery as to which is a better mode: mechanical or logical data recovery, is important to pretty much every server administrator’s mindset. But what you must also understand is that in a lot of cases, logical raid recovery just is not possible because RAID arrays typically do not fail in this manner. If they do, you can often use the raid controller’s utility program that is often provided by the manufacturer. These tools are pretty solid and are typically built specifically for the raid controller of your server, so in cases of logical problems, they typically will not do too much damage without at least offering you a prompt first.
However, many server data recovery situations come about because of the fact that more than one drive has physically failed. In cases like this, there is very little you can do but to take your raid server to a professional for service.
Advice when Recovering Data from a Crashed Hard Drive
Many people go through lessons, or teach themselves the basic roles and functions of a computer system. This is because computers are a vital part of our world today, and so is information. The two go hand in hand in the sense that computers are used to synthesize and store the very information that is most vital to us. In computer lessons, it is not often explained very well what to do when one is recovering data from a crashed hard drive. A lot of people operate by trial and error, sometimes causing a permanent problem. Data loss from the drive may be increased or made irreversible if the wrong steps are taken. At the moment a problem is suspected, people are advised to shut down their computer systems to avoid further damage. Buzzing or clicking sounds are tell tale signs that one should get in touch with a data recovery center or service provider.