We have two new servers with identical hardware. Server 1 is having random drives in the RAID5 array fail (port 3 twice, port 2 once, port 1 once) every few days. Server 2 is having the same drive on port 3 fail, 5 times now. I use Intel Matrix Storage Manager to mark the drive as normal and it rebuilds after about a day and half. Then another drive will fail within a few days.
I have the vendor working on it and they're working with Intel, but so far no luck. They have a new motherboard coming for the server1 that has random drives failing and we've tried replacing the constantly failing drive on Server2, but it still failed within a day. I haven't yet tried to destroy the RAID volume and start from scratch.
Does anybody have any other ideas? I really need these boxes to be stable before I can deploy them to our remote office.
*Intel S3420GP motherboards
*4 x 500GB Seagate Barracuda (ST3500418AS) hard drives running in a RAID5 configuration using on-board *Intel Matrix RAID
*I think the drive cage is model number R4E9Q4E4 C4E3R4E10.
*Windows Server 2003 R2 with basic services (File, Printer, DFS, rsync).