I had a server with two bad drives. one of the bad drives was the global hotspare and the other drive was in the array.
I failed the hotspare and replaced the drive, this worked OK.
I then failed the other drive and the rebuild started on the new drive(hotspare).
During the rebuild something happened and the server crashed.
I suspect the kernel for the RAID 5 card which is a SRCU42X crashed during the rebuild.
After this the card would no longer accept the RAID 5 config from the array.
Even thought when I went into the console it said that its internal config was different the config on the actual drives. AFter getting the card to import the config from the drives, I couldnt even save the config to the NVRAM on the card itself.
This leads me to believe the RAID 5 controller to be bad.
My question is, I have two surviving members of the RAID 5 still with a incomplete rebuild onto the hotspare.
Things we've tried to recover files:
1 - using and ide hdd installer server2k3 and installed the driver for raid array.
I could see the logical drive f: but it was corrupt and unreadable according to windows.
I used getdataback to recover files from the drive but they were unusable.
2 - sent the server to a data recovery company and tried getting the files , again they were unusable.
Is there anything else that I might be able to do to get those files back?
Suggestions please this is critical.