On a server equiped with a Tyan MB (S5380 with last BIOS) we did install a PCI Express Raid CT (ARECA PCE 1210) and this in order to run a RAID 1+0 Array composed by 4 x 500 GB HDD (Seagate WD5000YS with last firmware) and giving us 1 TB of usable storage. All this in order to operate a Web server running CentOS and Virtuozzo and some plesk Virtual server, etc.
The wierd story is as follow :
Since the beginning of the server operation and a regular base the Ch03 HD of the RAID set jumped out of the array all the time.
In the mean time, we did suspect a bad luck on the Hard disk installed in Ch03 disk bay and change it.
Approx. 15 to 30 minutes after the rebuild of the new Ch03 Hard disk, same problem& the new rebuillded Hard disk was ejected by the controller from the Array !! Strange isnt ?
So, we decided to leave the system run for some time with 3 disks in the Array (leaving Ch03 bay empty). What was our surprise when we had to go to the Data center due to the fact that our SSH connection to the server could not be established while the virtual Web server where still operative !
When at the Data center & bad news, ch01 HD and Ch04 Hard disks where in Alarm, leaving us with only ONE HARD Disk on the road !!!
We rebooted the server & no way ! NO OPERATING SYSTEM found and no rebuild of the RAID Set either.
Suspecting the Raid controller from ARECA (ARC 1210), we then installed a new CT (again a ARC 1210), patching it with the last Firmware and added a fresh Hard disk (WD5000YS) into the empty bay on Ch03.
Still impossible to boot, so we entered into the ARECA RAID Controller management tool and discovered that Ch01 is effectively gone and Free aswell as Ch04, while Ch02 & Ch03 are members of the RAID Set !! Note : just wanted to remind readers of this post that Ch03 is a fresh new hard disk installed in the Ch03 HD bay.
In order to have so matter to think about, we took some screen shots, attached under a ZIP file with this message and the pictures organized in the ZIP files are as follows :
It contains 3 folders, named as follow :
Bios-ARC1210 : containing the screen shoots from the BIOS of the New ARC 1210 CONTROLLER CARD
Browser-ARC1210 : containing the screen shoots from the Browser Management Utility (ARCHTTP) of the New CONTROLLER CARD
And finaly, the folder OLD-CT-EVENT-LOG-ARC1210 : containing the Event Log from the OLD ARC 1210 Controller.
Can someone tell me if we will be able to retrieve our data on this destroyed RAID SET array ?