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RAID 1 to RAID 6 Recovery Specialist Services

December 6th, 2011

A RAID 6 recovery is not child’s play, because RAID arrays depend on multiple disks that are read and written simultaneously and data is spread out across the disks through striping, mirroring or parity. Normally, a RAID hard disk failure is not a problem and a new hard disk simply has to be slotted into the failed disk’s space to restore parity and have the RAID re-written. However, consecutive disk failures have been known to happen, especially where identical disks fail at a similar age and if your RAID array fails before you can replace the redundant disk.

Act Promptly

However, if you act promptly after the disk failure and a RAID 6 recovery is started, much, if not all, of your data can be recovered. However, it is important to act at once, before data can be overwritten, files deleted or changed or data corruption can take place. Although it is extremely unlikely that two RAID drives fail at once, you have to back up your data regularly or shut down the RAID when a drive has failed and only start it up again once the new disk has been fitted.

Different RAID Arrays

Besides RAID 6 recovery, we also perform RAID 0 to 5 recoveries; here are the main differences:

  • RAID 0: not true RAID in terms of redundancy (there is none), but if offers improved performance because the data is evenly striped across two or more disks.
  • RAID 1: creates exact mirrors of a set of data across two or more disks.
  • RAID 2: stripes data at block level with Hamming error correction allowing for seven disks.
  • RAID 3: a dedicated parity disk and byte-level striping.
  • RAID 4: a dedicated parity disk and block-level striping.
  • RAID 5: parity data distribution across all disks; low cost of redundancy.
  • RAID 6: adds an additional parity block to RAID 5.


We can recover data from nearly all media, platforms and operating systems, so we are certainly your first choice for a RAID 6 recovery too.

File And Data Recovery

November 14th, 2011

File And Data Recovery Specialists

There are few things more horrifying than turning on your computer and finding that your hard drive has been compromised in some way resulting in corrupt data or even the entire loss of data. But it isn’t necessary to panic just yet because there are a range of different file and data recovery options available that can help turn this nightmarish event around.

It is necessary to know what types of recovery are possible before you get your hopes up. Professional data recovery specialists will be able to work with DOS, Windows, Linux, Mac as well as a few other computer systems. However, the amount of file and data recovery that is possible on any of these operating systems depends on the type of damage that caused the loss of data and the extent of the damage.

These file and data recovery professionals also specialise in the recovery of lost information on other forms of storage and media devices. These devices include flash drives, memory cards or memory sticks, external hard drives, other types of back-up data storage mediums and even old fashioned floppy discs. Data recovery is however not restricted to the listed devices and you should contact your local recovery specialist to find out whether data can be restored from another type of media.

Before you receive a quote for the file and data recovery process you will need to take your computer or other form of media to a specialist to have the problem diagnosed. This will let the recovery expert know how much of the data is recoverable or whether any data can be saved at all. You will then be quoted according to the amount of data that needs to be recovered as well as the amount of time it will take to complete the process.

Restore Desktop Data From Your Damaged Hard Drive

October 18th, 2011

IT Horror: Having To Restore Desktop Data From Your Damaged Hard Drive

It’s one of our greatest nightmares. Slaving over precious work and all of a sudden the hard drive crashes. Oh no! You get that cold feeling running down your back and your mind races to figure out: how do you restore desktop data from your damaged hard drive?

What to do When Your Desktop is Crashing

Pretty much everything is done on computers or laptops nowadays and a reality is that hardware does occasionally let us down. Hard drives do crash. Processors do give out. But it is relieving to know that you can restore desktop data from your damaged hard drive.

Current operating systems have made it easy for us to store and access our information and often we like to store everything on our desktops—that way it’s easy to remember where you left it. However, it can crash and the signs usually are that scary blue screen, unresponsiveness and the worse sign: your usually smooth PC is now making noises.

When you’ve come to the realisation that your desktop or hard drive is failing the best thing to do is not to panic. It’s best to contact a data recovery expert immediately so that your work can be salvaged or restored. In the meantime there are a few tips to remember:

  1. Turn off your PC or laptop immediately. Running it further could do more damage and result in further data loss.
  2. Don’t be a hero and start taking your PC apart! Rather take it to a professional.
  3. Don’t reboot. If you don’t know what the problem is, you don’t know what this will do. Let a computer technician first diagnose the problem.
  4. Don’t try and install or re-install any software. Again, until you know what the problem is, you might be doing irreversible damage which could result in permanent data loss.

Finding a professional and reputed data recovery professional is your best bet to restore desktop data from your damaged hard drive. But the most important lesson to learn in such a situation: always keep backups!

Raiders Of The Lost Data: Understanding RAID Data Recovery

September 13th, 2011

RAID data recovery. Kind of sounds like a lethal insecticide, doesn’t it? RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. It originally stood for Redundant Array of Inexpensive  Disks, but the name changed when the marketing brainiacs realised the word ‘inexpensive’ made consumers question whether this was a cheap (and therefore inferior quality) storage solution.

RAID data recovery is essentially a technology that gives increased storage functions through redundancy. It’s attained by combining various (or multiple) disk drives into one cohesive and logical unit. RAID is now seen as a common term for computer data storage systems that replicates and divides your data along multiple physical data disk drives (which is phrased as being in a RAID array).

Why Make Use of RAID Data Recovery?

In the business world data is precious commodity and data loss could cripple a business and drive a CEO to pull out his hair. Therefore, any business worth their salt would have contingency or backup plans—and part of this plan would be a well structured RAID data recovery policy.

Not all systems are full proof and there are a few ways which could result in a RAID system failing. We never see it coming, but it could be due to human error (although we never want to admit it!), software issues, transmission errors or hardware failures (which we like to blame most frequently!).

Damages to RAID data can be a problem also during power outages—this means the data writing is interrupted and causes inconsistencies when the data is read. A solution is required to analyze and rearrange the data to a more logical format.

If you’re making use of RAID systems, RAID data recovery is a no brainer. There’s that old saying about crying and spilt milk and having a recovery system in place will spare you the tears.

Data Recovery Services

August 16th, 2011

The Importance of Data Recovery Services In The Digital Age

When it comes to business, it’s all about data. Data is like currency and is important as it’s all the information that your business is built on, whether its client information and lists or product statistics. Data is the lifeblood of your business and keeps it ticking over. However, life does have its ups and downs, and one of those downs often sees businesses lose data, necessitating the need for data recovery services. Sometimes it’s due to human error, but other times it can be a force of nature—and before you know it, you’ll lost your precious commodity of data.

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Luckily there are services out there that can assist. Data recovery services are out there to restore lost data. These are professionals who are geared to recover lost data for a variety of different media types, including laptops, hard drives, old floppy disks, raid systems and flash drives.

Data Recovery Services: The Types of Solutions

Businesses can often be crippled if they lose data unnecessarily. Fortunately data recovery services are available to reverse data loss mishaps. There are various kinds of data loss and the most common experienced are:

  1. The loss and accidental deleting of e-mails across the various e-mail systems and platforms.
  2. The recovery of data from various external storage devices (hard drives or flash drives/memory sticks) that have encountered environmental damage.
  3. Files that are lost or damaged due to computer viruses.
  4. Files or partitions that have been lost or deleted.
  5. RAID system failures
  6. Files that have been corrupted on the Microsoft platform (i.e.: Microsoft Office documents or Outlook files)

Intratec Data Solutions: The Answer to Data Loss

There is a certain helpless feeling when you’ve lost data or deleted files which should not have been deleted. That’s where Intratec Data Solutions comes to the rescue. They are experts at recovering lost data quickly, simply and successfully. Contact Intratec to assist with all data loss and recovery.

Hard Drive Recovery

July 7th, 2011

Hard Drive Recovery Can Recover Your Lost Data

Data loss is always disruptive and even if the data can be recovered, it will cost you time and money.  Hard drive recovery can at least recover some of your data and, if you are lucky, all of it, even if you still have to endure the inconvenience and delay.

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Supported Desktop Hard Disk Drives

In addition, we also provide hard drive recovery services for the following desktop hard drive brands, interfaces and models:

  • IDE and EIDE drives from all manufacturers using 3.5-inch normal and 2.5-inch laptop 40-pin ATA to UDMA6 interfaces.
  • SCSI hard disk drives from all manufacturers using UW, Normal SE, LVD, WD, 2.5-inch laptop and SCA interfaces.
  • 1.8-inch ATA-5 drives from Hitachi and Toshiba.
  • Type II IBM CF+ microdrives.
  • PCMCIA Types I, II and III hard drives from Western Digital, Integral Peripherals, IBM and Procomm.
  • RLL & ST/MFM and ESDI drives from all manufacturers.
  • MCA hard disk drives from Western Digital, IBM and Seagate with 2.5-inch laptop ESDI and IBM ST-506 & ESDI interfaces.

For more information on hard drive recovery services, please contact us today.

Data Recovery

June 23rd, 2011

Data Recovery For Virtually All Media

Where do you turn for data recovery when calamity strikes and you lose or accidentally delete important data, or your media gets damaged and you are unable to retrieve your data? Be very careful whom you deal with and know this for certain: any company claiming a success rate of 80% is being dishonest. The simple truth is that some data simply cannot be recovered, depending on the extent of the disaster. However, take solace in the fact that most of the time, something can be recovered.

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Ask Questions

There are certainly a few questions you should ask a data recovery company before entrusting your media to them. It is important to know how long the company have been in existence and a year or two will not do; the company should have a national presence too, so they are accessible from anywhere in South Africa. Of course, they should not charge you money for an evaluation or for a quote – and if they do not recover any data, they should not charge you at all.

The Best Data Recovery Facilities And All The Media

Your data recovery expert should have the best facilities for recovering data, like a Class 100 certified Clean Room where disk platters may be exposed and worked on without the fear of damage or dust contamination. They should also work on all the media, like:

  • SATA, SCSI, 1.8”, 1.1”, IDE and SAS drives
  • iPods
  • Memory sticks
  • Floppy disks
  • Flash cards

What is more, they should be able to offer their data recovery service on any platform, including:

  • Mac OS
  • Windows
  • DOS
  • Linux
  • Unix
  • Novell Netware

Irrespective of whether you have deleted or lost partitions, files or e-mails, or if you had lost data due to physically damaged storage devices, RAID system failures, corrupt MS Office documents or erroneously formatted media, we can help. So contact us today to help you with data recovery.


Contact Intratec Data Recovery if you have data to recover

February 1st, 2010


Intratec Data Recovery is your specialist if you have data to recover. Damaged or lost data on hard drives, laptops, memory sticks, iPods, servers and RAID systems may often be salvaged when the correct methods are employed.

The experts at Intratec Data Recovery have honed their skills and have found that they can recover at least some data, even if the situation appears very dire, including physical or environmental disk damage or dramatic equipment or server failures due to power surges or blackouts. Contact today if you have data to recover. We work on a no recovery – no fee basis, so there are no hidden costs.

Intratec Data Recovery’s Cape Town data recovery service started it all

February 1st, 2010


Intratec Data Recovery’s Cape Town data recovery service is our oldest branch and the one we had started back in 2000.  Its subsequent success has meant that we were able to expand and now we can offer our data recovery services in Johannesburg and Durban as well.

At our Cape Town data recovery operations we had refined our techniques and methods and introduced the very first certified clean room facilities where we can perform open disk recoveries.  Intratec Data Recovery can perform data recovery on any media and file system.  Contact us today if you have lost or damaged data.

Intratec Data Recovery has a new Durban data recovery branch

February 1st, 2010

Intratec Data Recovery’s Durban data recovery branch is our youngest of which we are extremely proud.  This branch joins our Cape Town branch (established in 2000) and our Johannesburg branch (2006) in our ongoing success story.

Intratec Data Recovery’s success is based on specialised experts’ ability to recover clients’ data off any type of media, irrespective of the file system used.  Now our Durban data recovery service can do the same for KZN residents and businesses.  If you have damaged or lost data on a disk, computer or server, give us a call today.  We have found that there is almost always something to recover.