I have a Windows 2003 SBS Server that was shutdown improperly. It started the boot the first time but blue screened. Upon the 2nd boot the Dell Perc Sata Array controller reported that drives 3 & 4 (4 total) are offline (greyed out in the RAID bios) and the array has failed.
I've tried several things to bring the array back online.
1. I've moved the drives to different SATA ports, the array knows that they've been moved but keeps the same drives marked offline.
a. I've also disconnected one of the failed drives and not both from the array to see if it would come online.
2. I've tried scanning the drives with data recovery software. It does see a RAID array with the correct GB size but cannot open the drive partition.
3. I've tried moving the RAID controller to another PCI slot.
4. Tried - I installed a stand alone drive with XP pro, and installed the Adaptec RAID manager. Sometimes the Raid Manager software sees the array and sometimes it does not. When it does see the array, it states the physical drives are OK but the LOGICAL has failed.
5. I've searched for different RAID rebuilding softwares but so far haven't found anything that will fix the problem. I've looked on the Adaptec site too for something differnet.
6. So far, I am faced with deleting the array and rebuilding from a backup but there is data that needs to be recovered that isn't in the backup.
What, if any, software is available to fix logical portions of the array parity? I believe something like a RAID "chkdsk" (if that exists) would fix the issue.
** I do know that CHKDSK would make the problem worse because it's not array aware. **