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MSA500 can't access logical drives

Posted on 2010-09-23
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I'm a cluster newbie and have a cluster array that was taken offline and stored for a few months. Inevitably we need some data off of it and one of the cluster Nodes has a failed Raid controller for the OS partition so no-boot. The other node can boot to Windows 2000 but cannot access any of the 3 logical drives even though they are visible within the HP tools as well as Windows Explorer. I have that so close yet so far feeling.
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When you say they cannot access the drives what do you mean.  They are not accessable to the cluster?  

I think that it's possible from your description that the cluster thinks that another node has control of the drives.  

Open up the cluster admin tool and see if you node has the resources online and available to the node you need to access the data from.
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In Windows explorer I can see drives D, L and Q (assuming this is for Quorum) but when I double click I get a message that the drive is not accessible and the device is not ready.

I probably should've included this in the opener but I cannot get the cluster service to start so I cannot access the cluster admin either.

Is there a way to bypass the cluster requirement?
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How is your data stored?  is it on an SAN or some sort.  If so take all you cluster nodes offline and present the data to a non cluster aware machine as a first step.
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willettmeister is on the right track, I think all you have to do is to set Clusdisk driver to disabled and restart since it's that service that's making the disk appear offline. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/280425/ relates although it#s about a slightly different problem.
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Ultimately I don't know what did it. My vendor for this particular app did some work on the machine then asked that I bring it online with the DC. It worked but I totally appreciate your help and knowledge so I've giving out partials.
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