I'm looking for best practices about preventing hard disk failures on Windows 2003 servers. I'm concerned about several Oracle databases that I have installed in different servers, and asking myself how to know or prevent if hard disks of my servers are going to fail soon or not.
I'm DBA, not a system or network manager, so I don't have detailed information about hard disks of servers, but I can access them as Windows administrator.
I suposse that my question depends on what hardware of server you have. In my case, my servers are HP. One server, for example, has HP StorageWorks MSA2012fc, which is an array of disks. It means that if one disk fails, there are other disks that still work and data is not lost.
I suppose that detecting disk failure would depend on HP firmwares and HP software utilities. However, I'm interesting to have some other tools or advices on how to prevent it.
- Are there any software tool that I could run periodically to detect or prevent disk failures?
- Should I check on Windows alerts logs every morning? What should I check or search?
- Should I depend only on HP tools?