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School boy error with RAID setup

Posted on 2003-11-20
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A bit of a school boy error on my brand new server regarding RAID.

Original setup

array #0: drive 2 + 3 RAID 1 (Win2k3 install)
array #1: drive 1 + 4 RAID 0 (empty array)

I converted array #1 to RAID 1 assuming that the setup would just mirror drives 1 + 4 and then saved the changes.

Upon restart the system would not boot so I went back into the RAID setup utility.
This is what the setup now reads:

array #0: drive 1 + 3 RAID 1
array #1: drive 2 + 4 RAID 1


For some reason the RAID setup has moved the drives around effecting both arrays.

Is there anyway I can salvage my Win2k3 install or should I just bite bullet and re-install?
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by:Estoriltech
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ps. This is a hardware RAID setup.
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ralonso earned 125 total points
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You could try to remove all drives but one, and try to boot
Try it with the 4 drives. Maybe one of them (or more) still has a good copy of the system.

It will obviously complain at startup of failed drives but the system is supposed to be a mirror, so with a "failed" drive it should still boot.

If it does, try to add a second drive and rebuild the mirror
Once the mirror is rebuilding (can take some time), if you don't want to wait you will probably be able to restart the machine and it will go on rebuilding the mirror in the background

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by:Estoriltech
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FIXED IT!!!!!

I removed all arrays and made drive 2 bootable. Thank god!! I would have been dead meet otherwise..

Have some points mate for being there
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