RAID Data Recovery Cost and Pricing in 2020

If you're thinking about the cost of getting your RAID data back, there are things you need to consider. But fret not, we got you covered!

When hard drives in your RAID set fail, your first thought will probably be: “Have I lost all my data?” After that comes the second, and often much scarier thought: “How much is data recovery going to to cost me?” Here, we will take a look at what factors affect RAID data recovery cost in 2020 and how you can ensure you get the best combination of value and quality.

RAID – short for Redundant Array of Independent Disks – is a kind of data storage device that connects multiple hard disks into a single logical unit. With each hard drive working in unison, RAID sets provide superior performance speed and reliability when compared to a single large hard drive.

However, despite their fault tolerance, RAID sets can still fail. How many failed disks it takes to bring the set down depends on your configuration – a RAID 0 set will need recovery after just one broken drive, while a RAID 5 set can withstand even two broken drives.

What Factors Affect RAID Pricing?

Tech Reviewing Factors That Affects Raid Pricing

Let’s now consider all the different factors that can affect RAID recovery prices. RAID sets are complicated and delicate pieces of hardware, and there is a vast number of things that can go wrong.

The ultimate price to recover data from a RAID set, then, depends on equally numerous factors. However, if we were to narrow the list down to the three most significant considerations, they would be:

  • The type of failure.
  • The number of failed drives.
  • How quickly the repairs need to be done.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these recovery price factors.

Factor 1 – The Failure Type

As said, RAID arrays are much more fault tolerant than single hard drives. Nonetheless, they have their own quirks and there are some common failure types that RAID sets encounter. These include:

  • Controller Failure – A RAID set is controlled by a hardware of software controller. As most sets only have one controller, a malfunction can cause significant data loss.
  • Partitioning Errors – RAID sets often use partitioning to organize data and save space. An error during this process can make data invisible and inaccessible.
  • Server Failure – While RAID is resilient against hardware failure, a virus or malware could cause a logical error in the RAID server, jumbling data and causing data corruption or bad sectors.
  • RAID Volume Rebuild Errors – Botched DIY or unprofessional RAID data recovery methods can damage data or cause total data loss.

Each of these failure types with its own set of considerations and data recovery steps. As such, it’s easy to see how the failure type can affect the cost of data recovery.

Factor 2 – Number of Hard Drives

As already mentioned, some RAID sets can take a failed hard drive and work as if nothing happened. But when the number of failed drives starts piling up, the RAID set will encounter what’s known as Excessive Disk (or Drive) Failure.

Simply put, a RAID set in this state has had so many of the attached hard disks break that it can’t function anymore. As hard drive failure can happen for its own set of varying reasons, multiple broken drives can drive up the recovery price.

Additionally, the higher the number of disks in the RAID array, the higher the price a data recovery service will usually charge.

Factor 3 – Service Speed

RAID sets often store crucial data for a business’ operation. A failed RAID array can spell disaster, and therefore companies often want RAID recovery done sooner rather than later.

Many data recovery firms offer emergency service options that they charge a higher price for. As such, if you’re in a hurry to recover your data, expect the RAID recovery to cost more.

How Much Does RAID Recovery Cost?

A Laptop With Dollar Bills

As we’ve detailed, a great number of factors are play when determining the price of data recovery. For this reason, it is difficult to give an average estimate of how much RAID recovery will cost.

To give a general rule of thumb, assume that the starting price point will be at around $1,000. However, the varying factors can lower this to only a few hundred dollars, or – in the less preferable scenario – double or triple it.

For this reason, any trustworthy RAID recovery company will offer you a cost-free RAID diagnosis before quoting a price. You should be wary of any firm that charge a flat rate or quote a per-gigabyte fee for RAID recovery.

These are not sustainable pricing practices, and usually come at compromised service quality.

Can I Recover RAID Data Myself?

A hard drive seen through magnifying glass
A short answer is, you can attempt data recovery yourself. There are free data recovery programs – like ReclaiME – that may be able to recover your data at no additional cost.

However, as we mentioned, DIY methods can lead to RAID Volume Rebuild Errors, or worse, completely break a hard drive. As such, to ensure complete RAID data recovery, it’s best to professional data recovery services.

Why Choose TTR for RAID Data Recovery?

As a trusted RAID recovery service provider, TTR Data Recovery offers a 100% cost-free diagnostic service before giving you a quote. TTR will never charge any flat rate or by-gigabyte fees – all prices are quoted on a case-by-case basis.

Getting the diagnostic service will not obligate you to buy a service package. If you decide to pursue other options after getting the quote – or if you data is unfortunately beyond recovery – TTR will ship your storage devices back to you without additional charges.

TTR’s ISO 9001 and SOC Type II-certified recovery engineers are experts with all RAID configurations and failure types. They have a history of success performing RAID recovery for major companies on all hard drive types.

Furthermore, TTR understands that RAID failures are emergencies. The company offers economical 24/7 service packages that will ensure you will get your data recovery done when you need it, and not a moment later.

If your RAID array needs a data recovery service, ask TTR Data Recovery RAID experts for a free consultation. With the help of this guide, you will know just the questions to ask to make sure you’re getting a fair, competitive recovery quote.

Tommy Khamoushi - Data Recovery Expert for TTR Data Recovery

About the Author
Tommy Khamoushi, Data Recovery Expert

Tommy Khamoushi is an IACRB-certified Data Recovery Engineer and a Certified Forensic Computer Investigator. He has more than 20 years of experience in data recovery including providing technical support for the House of Representatives.

Tommy leads a team of data recovery engineers and experts at TTR Data Recovery to recover highly sensitive data for government agencies like the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and enterprise businesses using advanced and proprietary techniques and processes.

Connect with Tommy on LinkedIn.