I'm not very familiar with servers so I'll try to explain this the best i can. The server has 2 local drives and 5 drives on a Raid-5 configuration. These 5 drives are associated with the 2nd virtual disk. The other day I noticed that there were amber lights flashing on the physical drives 0 thru 3 (4 still had the steady green light). Then I went under my computer and couldn't see the drive that was associated with these 5 disks anymore.
The first step I took was to simply restart, which of course didn't work. Next I checked out the event log and it contained errors like:
adpu160m didn't respond within the timout period Event ID: 9
Drive 1:2:0 returning error Event ID: 1
Drive 1:1:0 offline on container 2 Event ID: 1
I then went to the Dell OpenManage Array Manger and saw a bunch of warnings. Under
Perc 2 Subsystem (fail)
Logical Array (fail)
Array Group 0 (fail)
Virtual Disk 2 (fail)
Array Disk 1:0 (warning)
Array Disk 1:1 (warning)
Array Disk 1:2 (warning)
Array Disk 1:3 (warning)
Array Disk 1:4 (warning)
When I click on an array disk the status says offline, sometimes when I restart it will say degraded. The status seems to very every time I restart. One time it only had warning for 1 thru 2 and only 3 was degraded. Typically they've been having warnings for all though. I went into controller manager by hitting <ctrl> 'a' on the restart and it said that container 2 was dead (I only tried this once). The server is backed up using a Dell Powervault tape drive.
I really have no clue what to do. Initally when the server is restarting the physical drives all have steady green lights. It seems like once Windows 2000 Server starts up the amber lights will go on. They will go on one at a time, not all at once.
Like I said, I really don't know too much about servers so I'm not sure what's wrong or how to fix it. My only guess is that one of the drives went bad, even so I wouldn't know which one or how to replace it without losing data.
Any help very much appreciated.......