Data loss doesn't have to be catastrophic. The most common cases of data loss are limited to data corruption on the storage devices, while the hardware in the computer remains fully functional. With the right software tools and the right approach, you can restore your data quickly and cost-effectively without calling in an expensive consultant or disassembling any equipment.
The R-Studio Network Package is a set of powerful data recovery tools that are effective enough for an enterprise setting but intuitive enough for use by any technician with a working knowledge of systems administration. The key is to use the right tools and take immediate, appropriate action while avoiding common mistakes that can cause further or permanent data loss. R-Studio Network and our detailed Data recovery guide provide you everything you need to safely get your data back fast. No specialized technical knowledge or PC disassembly required.
What Causes Data Loss?
It's usually easy to identify at least the approximate cause of logical data damage: a botched operating system upgrade, a power outage, or an interrupted data transfer. When these events happen, it's almost certain that you are facing a logical failure, rather than a hardware problem. This is true even if your computer no longer boots properly.
This is good news. It means your data is still there, even if the system is unbootable or the hard drive can't be recognized. In these cases, it's the filesystem or metadata that has been lost, which means that a typical operating system no longer knows how to find your data. But R-Studio Network can.
Before You Begin
Data recovery from a logical failure can have a very high success rate, but it depends on taking the right actions at the right time. Before you attempt any data recovery actions, take some time to go over a few important points.
How Network Data Recovery Works
The R-Studio Network Package provides a unique and powerful method for restoring data that mitigates some of the inherent risks of data recovery while eliminating some of the typical challenges. In an ideal setup, R-Studio Agent is pre-installed on the client machines that are victims of data loss, while R-Studio Network is installed on a different computer on the network. This allows data recovery to commence immediately after a data loss event without having to install new software or configure the target machine. The recovery is performed as if the technician were working directly on the target machine, but the entire process is controlled by the remote computer with R-Studio Network installed. For unbootable machines, R-Studio Agent Emergency can be used.
This has a number of benefits:
1. Fast access to the target machine. Time is of the essence when it comes to data recovery, and getting started quickly increases the chances of a successful recovery.
2. No setup or installation required. Writing data to a hard drive can cause further data loss. With R-Studio Agent pre-installed, this risk is removed.
3. Full access to hard drives and storage devices without physically removing hardware. Hard drives can be technically or logistically difficult to access. Also, IT equipment is often sealed by vendors, and breaking the seal may void the warranty. With network data recovery, this isn't necessary. For multi-site enterprises, this allows centralized IT departments to perform data recovery from any location.
4. Data recovery from RAIDs and complex storage networks. Physically removing devices and attempting to virtually rebuild a RAID or storage network on a data recovery machine can be difficult, if not impossible. With R-Studio Network, data recovery can be performed directly on these systems.
For our corporate clients, we offer an R-Studio Network Package that allows you to implement this concept at a significantly reduced cost, when compared to buying multiple R-Studio Network licenses. Our corporate R-Studio Network Package allows you to purchase a single R-Studio Network license for the primary data recovery machine and receive five R-Studio Agent or R-Studio Agent Emergency licenses for no additional charge. The figure below shows a typical network layout and illustrates how you can use R-Studio Network and your five R-Studio Agent licenses to effectively protect yourself from data loss.
Fig. Network Data Recovery Layout
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Some explanatory notes to this layout:
Depending on your network environment, you can choose R-Studio for Windows, Mac, or Linux when you order your package. They are the same in their functionality. R-Studio Network doesn't require a dedicated workstation; it can be run on any suitable machine, for example, a sysadmin's computer will do. Using the program, you can perform both local data recovery from directly connected devices, or remote data recovery from other computers where R-Studio Agents are running.
As with R-Studio Network, these can be R-Studio Agents for Windows, Mac, or Linux depending on your network environment. Each R-Studio Agent edition works with any R-Studio Network edition. For example, you can use R-Studio Network for Linux on the recovery workstation to recover data from a target machine with R-Studio Agent for Windows installed. You may also use R-Studio Agent Emergency for network emergency data recovery in adherence with the license provisions discussed below.
Additional licenses can be purchased separately, if necessary.
The licensing provisions are as follows:
This article provides an overview of the R-Studio Network Package and a typical network layout. For examples of a network data recovery, see our articles Data Recovery over Network and Emergency Data Recovery over Network.