RAID 5 Failed in Intel ICH8R/ICH9R SATA RAID Controller

Hi EEs,


I have one PC with Gigabyte MB installed,

I have put 3 HHDs configured as RAID 5 with Intel RAID Controller: Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R SATA RAID Controller,

Today morning sudenly i got the msgs saying :-

"A RAID Volume is Gegraded Because of Failed Hard Drives"

I notised that HDD NO.2 has failed, i have given ordered for new but i have some queries:-

After putting new HDD#2 do i need to recreate the RAID5 or will it take autormatically?
Will i loose any data after putting new HDD#2?
What is the process of putting new HDD#2 & configuring RAID with existing one?
How can i identify which HHD has failed physically into my Server hardware?

For your reference i am enclosing the snap short of the error n status of the RAID here with,

An earlier reply will be highly appreciated,

Many thanks,

DXB

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Additional Info for RAID Configuration is in the code below
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System Information

Kit Installed: 7.6.0.1011
Kit Install History: 7.6.0.1011
Shell Version: 7.6.0.1011

OS Name: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: EX38-DS4
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     E6850  @ 3.00GHz
BIOS Version/Date: Award Software International, Inc. F3, 02/27/2008

Language: ENU



Intel(R) RAID Technology

Intel RAID Controller: Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R SATA RAID Controller
Number of Serial ATA ports: 6
 
RAID Option ROM Version: 7.5.0.1017
Driver Version: 7.6.0.1011
RAID Plug-In Version: 7.6.0.1011
Language Resource Version of the RAID Plug-In: 7.6.0.1011
Create Volume Wizard Version: 7.6.0.1011
Language Resource Version of the Create Volume Wizard: 7.6.0.1011
Create Volume from Existing Hard Drive Wizard Version: 7.6.0.1011
Language Resource Version of the Create Volume from Existing Hard Drive Wizard: 7.6.0.1011
Modify Volume Wizard Version: 7.6.0.1011
Language Resource Version of the Modify Volume Wizard: 7.6.0.1011
Delete Volume Wizard Version: 7.6.0.1011
Language Resource Version of the Delete Volume Wizard: 7.6.0.1011
ISDI Library Version: 7.6.0.1011
Event Monitor User Notification Tool Version: 7.6.0.1011
Language Resource Version of the Event Monitor User Notification Tool: 7.6.0.1011
Event Monitor Version: 7.6.0.1011
 
Array_0000
Status: No active migration(s)
Hard Drive Write Cache Enabled: Yes
Size: 698.6 GB
Free Space: 0 GB
Number of Hard Drives: 3
Hard Drive Member 1: MAXTOR STM3250310AS
Hard Drive Member 2: MAXTOR STM3250310AS
Hard Drive Member 3: MAXTOR STM3250310AS
Number of Volumes: 1
Volume Member 1: Volume0
 
Volume0
Status: Degraded
System Volume: Yes
Volume Write-Back Cache Enabled: No
RAID Level: RAID 5 (striping with parity)
Strip Size: 64 KB
Size: 465.7 GB
Physical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Logical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Number of Hard Drives: 3
Hard Drive Member 1: MAXTOR STM3250310AS
Hard Drive Member 2: MAXTOR STM3250310AS
Hard Drive Member 3: MAXTOR STM3250310AS
Parent Array: Array_0000
 
Hard Drive 0
Usage: Array member
Status: Normal
Device Port: 0
Device Port Location: Internal
Current Serial ATA Transfer Mode: Generation 2
Model: MAXTOR STM3250310AS
Firmware: 3.AAF
Native Command Queuing Support: Yes
Hard Drive Write Cache Enabled: Yes
Size: 232.8 GB
Physical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Logical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Number of Volumes: 1
Volume Member 1: Volume0
Parent Array: Array_0000
 
Hard Drive 1
Usage: Array member
Status: Normal
Device Port: 1
Device Port Location: Internal
Current Serial ATA Transfer Mode: Generation 2
Model: MAXTOR STM3250310AS
Firmware: 3.AAF
Native Command Queuing Support: Yes
Hard Drive Write Cache Enabled: Yes
Size: 232.8 GB
Physical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Logical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Number of Volumes: 1
Volume Member 1: Volume0
Parent Array: Array_0000
 
Hard Drive 2
Usage: Array member
Status: Failed
Device Port: 2
Device Port Location: Internal
Current Serial ATA Transfer Mode: Generation 2
Model: MAXTOR STM3250310AS
Firmware: 3.AAF
Native Command Queuing Support: Yes
Hard Drive Write Cache Enabled: Yes
Size: 232.8 GB
Physical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Logical Sector Size: 512 Bytes
Number of Volumes: 1
Volume Member 1: Volume0
Parent Array: Array_0000
 
Unused Port 0
Device Port: 3
Device Port Location: Internal
 
Unused Port 1
Device Port: 4
Device Port Location: Internal
 
CD/DVD Drive 0
Device Port: 5
Device Port Location: Internal
Current Serial ATA Transfer Mode: Generation 1

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dxbdxb2009Asked:
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pmerjoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I would think you have to shut down the server... swap the drive reboot.  On reboot, you will see a screen for the ich8r controller and to press Ctrl-I to  configure raid-  press ctrl I.  when you go in there it will display a message that a new drive has been found you you want to add it to the RAID  say yes and then exit the software on reboot it will rebuild the RAID.

2 things to note- make sure you replace the correct drive based on serial numbers-  you should find the serial numbers in the application above.
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your computer will be  slower on rebuild and it can take days to fully rebuid.
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pmerjoCommented:
When you put in the drive- you will have to access to raid bios on bootup.  It will ask you if you want to add the drive to the RAID.  say yes.  You will not lose data.  Just did this last Thrursday...
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dxbdxb2009Author Commented:
If you dont mind can you pls write the steps for me..pls

here are the image i forgot to attach....

many thanks

dxb
Vol0.JPG
Vol2.JPG
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dxbdxb2009Author Commented:
One more thing...

Can i take out the faulty HDD while the system is running.....meaning to ask does this drive is Hot swappable or not?
Or i need to do after shutting it down only..

awaiting for your earlier reply,

many thanks,

dxb
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dxbdxb2009Author Commented:
Thanks for your prompt reply,

I ordered new hdd i will get it by tomorror or d day after tomorrow...once i get it will go for the steps you adviced....

Can i add new hdd in to GUI mode ....meaning launching Intel ICH8R/ICH9R SATA RAID Controller tool from start---> program file.

many thanks,

dxb
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pmerjoCommented:
probably not... it is easy from the other screen
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dxbdxb2009Author Commented:
Thanks for your valuables info.....

I will see you once i get & configure the new hdd...

many thanks,

dxb
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Thomas RushCommented:
Before you take another breath, BACK UP YOUR DATA.

If there's any little glitch in between now and when the new disk is installed and RAID rebuilt, you will lose **ALL** your data.   A mistake pulling the wrong drive might cause you to lose all your data.   Another drive failing WILL cause you to lose all your data.


Back up *now*.
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dxbdxb2009Author Commented:
okay...thanks for the info....

i am running the backup before proceeding..

but before putting new hdd...one more thing i need to ask i.e.

i am not able to find MAXTOR STM3250310AS hdd.....after looking so many vendors i finally buy Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 =  250 GB hdd....my query is will it work with 2 MAXTOR hdds?

i have to replace asap once i finish the backup so i extremely need your reply very soon,

awaiting for your reply,

many thanks,

dxb
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pmerjoCommented:
you should be able to use any sata drive.

Out of curioustiy what is the frimware version and country that the seagate was made in?
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dxbdxb2009Author Commented:
Yes! i did it & it supported Seagate hdd .......now it is showing "Rebuilding 24%"
I think it will take a day to come up....
any way pls accept 500 points for the same....
DXB
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pmerjoCommented:
Thank you for the points.
Keep a spare drive handy if this should happen again
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