iSCSI drive asking to be formatted after rebooting server
Posted on 2013-06-24
Let me start off by saying I have very little experience with iscsi drives, so this is mostly new territory to me. I'm not even sure if I'm choosing the right topics for the question.
We have a Netgear ReadyNAS which has been hosting an iSCSI supported drive for some time. One of our server 2003 systems is connecting to the NAS using iSCSI Initiator. We recently noticed that several folders had disappeared from the bound drive (E:\) on our server, but those folders still appear on the network share on the NAS.
A coworker of mine has deleted the target on the server in initiator and added it back before checking to see if that is the proper procedure. After rebooting the server, the E:\ drive now asks to be formatted when you attempt to open it. The iSCSI initiator shows that the connection to the NAS is active and stable, and we are able to see the shared files on the NAS.
My questions are:
1) What happened?
2) What happens if we tell the server to format the E: drive (data loss on the NAS)?
3) Pending any additional information you need, how do we fix it?
Edit: Corrected the information regarding what had already been done to the drive.
Update: I just noticed that the disk is showing as dynamic under disk management, which is one of the few things that I know does not work in Initiator. Is the data lost?