Raid 5 keeps falling over on Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R

Posted on 2010-08-20
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Last Modified: 2013-11-09
Hi Everyone,

I have a problem with my raid 5 config it keeps blowing up disk 3.
One day my system would not boot it got stuck on bios screen when detecting HDD 3 on port 5 just nothing happened. Disconnected HDD 3 and system came back up with degraded Raid. Reconnected hdd 3 and rebuilt raid OK.

Some days later same thing happened but this time no matter what I did it would not accept HDD 3 anyomore so I decided it must be a dud disk so got it replaced. Installed new disk system hung again but this time on bios flash screen. Couple of reboots got me past this and I was off rebuilding the raid again, no problems until next reboot. Same thing happened system just hangs HDD 3 pull out of system boots degraded again. Thought this must be a faulty port so tried another but no luck. Disk OK as slave so that's not the issue. It seems no matter what  I do HDD 3 will fall over. Forgot to say BIOS is unable to detect HDD 3 after raid rebuild.

I would be greateful for a solution.
Question by:CompTroub
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Expert Comment

ID: 33483550
There must be some problem with the port ID 3. While array is already built , you can change the location of the HDD to any other. Instead you can remove the disk3 and put it in another slot and configure that slot as hot spare for your existing array.

Author Comment

ID: 33483598
THanks I have phsysically plugged into anotehr slot no good or am I misunderstanding you?

Expert Comment

ID: 33483814
After plugging into another slot, you have to configure the slot as hot spare for the existing array.
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Author Comment

ID: 33483834
I understand but as I said in the desciption no matter where I plug it in it gets stuck on the BIOS screen.
It seems it's not able to play with disk 3.

Author Comment

ID: 33494284
tried again formatted disk and it accepted it and rebuilt array. After reboot same thing it wouldn't get past bios screen.
It seems once it gets formatted bios won't regcognise it anymore.???

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CompTroub earned 0 total points
ID: 33632471
Figured that it needs a spare disk that is not part of the array to be in the system to function properly so I installed a 4th disk not formatted and it now worls OK. Very strange and a waste.

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