I have a RAID5 array ("5-BAY e-SATA PORT MULTIPLIER ENCLOSURE+RAID PCI-X CARD" that my company purchased here: http://cgi.ebay.com/5-BAY-e-SATA-PORT-MULTIPLIER-ENCLOSURE-RAID-PCI-X-CARD_W0QQitemZ310137635585QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPCC_Drives_Storage_Internal?hash=item4835a4c301
). The PCI-X card is installed in a PowerMac G5.
It worked for the past year without any problems, but recently went offline. I have tried to get it working again (re-installed drivers, removed drivers and installed fresh, even re-installed OSX 10.4 Server, tried a different eSATA cable, tried a different PCI slot), but to no avail. The best I can get is that the five 1TB drives will all show up separately as unreadable on the system.
I need the data that was on this array! So 2 questions, an answer to either will suffice:
~Question 1: How can I get my RAID array back online again with my current set-up? If I can get it working again, that would be great; but I realize that for someone to help me with my issues, they would probably need to have experience with this exact set-up on OSX 10.4. using this hardware.?. The driver is: http://www.siliconimage.com/docs/siliconimage3124r5_15160.zip
. I installed the RAID5 driver, but the Java applet that you run to access the array says that:
"Silicon Image RAID controllers are NOT detected in the system. Please make sure all controllers are installed and configured correctly. Press 'OK' to exit this application".
~Question 2: If I purchased a new RAID enclosure, would these drives be recognized and work in it or are RAID arrays proprietary somehow? I am quite intermediate when it comes to RAID hardware so I just don't know. If these members would work in another array, I am happy to purchase one (that works in Mac OSX Server 10.4) and would welcome any recommendations. I just don't know if the current drives would be recognized by another system...