RAID 5 DATA RECOVERY QUESTION
Posted on 2006-05-25
I am not an expert with Raid 5 so someone looking at this may need more information but here it goes...
We had a server (Windows 2000 Advanced Server) with a SQL Server 2000 database on it. There were 6 x 70 gig drives 5 of which were Raid 5 with an online hot swap. Apparently, one drive failed in April and the online hotswap came "active". Then a month later another drive failed and the entire array went offline. Technology, ordered two replacement hard drives and inserted both, emphasize both, into the server. The rebuild process started but failed at 22%. It is my understanding replacing the one bad drive should have resulted in a complete rebuild and restoration as Raid 5 is supposed to work, however by inserting two new drives this may have caused data loss as it would have confused the controller. Does anyone know the answer, did we loose all of the data and the possibility to recover?