Solved

2003 RAID 5 array Question

Posted on 2003-12-05
2
254 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
We have a brand new Compaq/HP ML 330 G3 server.  What we would like to do is setup a RAID 5 array on the built-in CSB-6 RAID controller.  Since the controller only supports 0, 1, and 0+1, we were planning on using Windows Server 20003's software RAID 5.  We are not trying to software RAID the boot partition or system drive.
 
The problem we are having is that we are getting large spurts of random drive / controller failures in the event viewer and server monitors.  On the Microsoft site, they say you can't use software RAIDs and hardware RAIDs on the same disks, but we trying to figure out if that is what's happening here.  The controller BIOS calls the single non-RAIDed drives RAID 0, and doesn't give an option for anything else.  
 
Do you think they are both doing some form of RAID and thus creating a conflict?  Or could one bad disk in a Windows RAID 5 array cause random errors on all drives and the controller?
 
Any help would be much appreciated.
0
Comment
Question by:ECohen
2 Comments
 
LVL 10

Accepted Solution

by:
ryangorman earned 50 total points
ID: 9883750
Don't be so cheap. You've bought a quality server that includes basic RAID levels. You may be restricted to one array on the built-in controller. Compaq will sell you an add-on card that upgrades the supported RAID levels and allow multiple arrays.

Non RAID volumes attached to a RAID controller will be referred to as multiple RAID0 disks. Essentially you'll have 'Disk Striping without Parity' across each individual disk. You can then configure these as RAID5 under Windows 2003. I don't know why you're seeing errors.

0

Featured Post

Comprehensive Backup Solutions for Microsoft

Acronis protects the complete Microsoft technology stack: Windows Server, Windows PC, laptop and Surface data; Microsoft business applications; Microsoft Hyper-V; Azure VMs; Microsoft Windows Server 2016; Microsoft Exchange 2016 and SQL Server 2016.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
This article shows the method of using the Resultant Set of Policy Tool to locate Group Policy that applies a particular setting.
The Email Laundry PDF encryption service allows companies to send confidential encrypted  emails to anybody. The PDF document can also contain attachments that are embedded in the encrypted PDF. The password is randomly generated by The Email Laundr…
Finds all prime numbers in a range requested and places them in a public primes() array. I've demostrated a template size of 30 (2 * 3 * 5) but larger templates can be built such 210  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7) or 2310  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7 * 11). The larger templa…

830 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question