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hi all,

we have an older dell poweredge 2500. We have two virtual disks, of 3 disks in raid 5 arrays. I came from easter break to find that one of the virtual disks is rebuilding. In array manager is says that the array disks are healthy, but the virtual disk is rebuilding. IT went through a spout of trying to rebuild, and then failing, for about 20 minutes, before the rebuild seem to take. It has now been rebuilding for about a day. Is this normal (the overall disk is 67 gig), should i be worried and is there anything i can do?

We only have two servers, and this server is the DC/GC.

thanks for your advice

Paul
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I had a similar problem with a PE650 which had 2 disks in raid1. Dell first changed both disks and then the raid controller, but the same problem just reappeared, and they ended up changing the whole server in a new one...

I know... doesn's sound like good news....

But what they did tell me was that it probably was the raid-controller being messed up by someting in the server, so for your problem, perhaps checking / changing the raid-controller?
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hi bud,

new server crikey, unfortunately, this server is out of warranty, so thats not likely to happen. When you say check the raid controller, what am i looking for?

cheers
Paul
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Hardware test it or look for error logs if it has a logging functionality.

Dell has a lot for hardware testing features... boot from one of those CD's and test it :-)
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hi,

the controller seems fine. The disks didnt rebuild because of bad blocks found on two of the disks. Remapped the blocks, and the rebuild went through fine. Ive got a couple of new drives just arrived, so ill be swapping out the drives with the bad blocks.

Cheers for your help, ill award the points

Paul
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