Raid 5 failure on SBS 2003 - urgently need backup options for Exchange store and WSUS
Posted on 2011-10-05
The server that I mostly administer remotely has both Raid 1 and Raid 5 with a e200i controller card.
The OS (sbs 2003 fully patched) sits on the Raid 1.
User shared drives, user data, Exchange DB, logs, WSUS database sits on the raid 5 logical drive. In this Array B, we had a drive failure in Bay 4. Got the new one shipped and replaced the drive - said it was ready for rebuilding . Restarted the server, pressed F1 for automatic data recovery, all seems fine until about 40%, in which it failed. Updated the firmware on the controller card, it now gave this error:
Logical drive 2 status = Ready for recovery
Array accelerator status:
Valid data found at reset
Dirty data detected. Unable to write dirty data to drives
Hardware Problem detected with Cache board.
Please replace Cache board.
Support indicated that not only the cache board needs to be replaced, but from the error report they saw that now drive 6 has to be replaced as well. It is a big mess!
Conclusion - Backup up data from Raid 5 and rebuild the array. As Raid 5 is failing, I need to do this quick.
I have a USB large drive attached...I can attempt to copy all the user data onto that drive. Any suggestions on doing so are welcome. As I mentioned above, I have to move the user shared folder, user data (regulars docs that would be the easiest one), exchange logs and store, wsus database and files - and then reconnect them all once the drives are all rebuilt.
What would be the most effective way of accomplishing this?
Can I mount the Exchange store to the USB drive? The store is a little under 60gb.
Would I need to go one by one and move them individually?
thanks for the all the help!