Dell PE2650 with Perc 3/Di problem with RAID lost configuration, status of container dead
Posted on 2009-05-11
I came in this morning to see one of the Exchange servers with an amber light on each drive (3 x 73GB drives). I rebooted the server, but I noticed that it wouldn't boot and once the RAID controller initializes each one of the drives turns amber one at a time. I did CTRL+A to take a look at the RAID configuration and I noticed that the status of the container shows "DEAD" and when I expand to see the properties it is not listing the drives, but it is saying "Missing Member". At this point I thought that we are having a bad controller, however when I go into Disk utilities Ch.0 I can see all the drives and I can verify one them - they all check OK.
I am already attempting a restore from backup on a replacement server, but If I can get this guy back upand running I would rather do that as it would be a lot quicker.
What can I do to try to recreate the container? Can I delete it, create a new one by assigning all the drives without running initialize? Would that work?