I come from a WIN background so bare with me here. I have a client that has an Xserve running and Xserve Raid holding about 3TB.
3 days ago I noticed a red light on the 3rd bay of the Xserve itself. Upon closer inspection I found the drive was clicking like crazy. Not knowing much about the Xserve I called a friend who said you can simply "pull it out". I did so found a replacement online and ordered it. The drive came in today and I installed it into the 3rd bay.
Still a red light but no clicking. I then tried the 4th empty bay.
Bingo green light. NOW not knowing what was even on the drive that failed (nobody else knew either) I simply initialized it and set it as extra storage.
I left and about 3 hours later I get a call the the server had "died".
When I got there they told me it was doing the "spinning wheel of death" and that they did a Hard shutdown waited a minute and started it back up. Everything was fine! ???
When I took a look at the server itself, the drive I had installed in bay 4 was red again.
Now I have no experience with Xserves or Macs in general but I'm thinking its a failed controller card of some sort. Surely a new drive directly from Apple in the drive sled wouldnt die in a matter of hours. Or would it?
If your interested you can find a picture of the server from when the initial drive failed here
I've removed the new drive in the mean time while I look for an answer to this question.
A few notes.
1. Nobody knew how long that drive had been dead for could have been a day or a month.
2. Nobody knows what was on it.
3. There is also an external Maxtor 250GB hard drive attached via Firewire that the Xserve can't connect to either.
For the time being the server seems to be running fine.
Thanks for any help