I've got a low end SATA server at a colocoation facility that I manage for a non-profit who I volunteer for. Physical access to the server is possible, but is a real pain, so if I can avoid it, I'd like to.
It's a Windows 2003 machine with a built in Intel 631xESB/632xESB raid controller. 2 of the drives are in a Raid 1 configuration for redundancy. Recently, I've seen sporatic slowness, almost unresponsiveness. It lasts a minute or two and then things resume. I've tried disabiling the public network interface and connecting only via the private lan to it, and I still see the problem. I don't believe it has anything to do with system load.
These are Seagate 7200.11 750gb drives in the machine, and I know they have problems. I'm hoping to replace them. But until the budget is approved, I want to see if I can figure out this problem. I've had these drives fail in workstations before, and smart reporting shows that they're bad.
However, wtih this Raid1 setup, I can't see the smart status with tools like
Active @ hard Disk Monitor (http://www.disk-monitor.com/
Does anyone know of a way to check if the drives are bad without physical access to the machine?
Second, if I find that a drive is bad, if I pull it out when the system is shut down and replace it with a same sized drive or one that's bigger, will the intel Matrix Storage manager automatically recognize the new drive and copy the data from the remaining current data disk to the new one so that the Raid 1 is live again for redundancy?