I have a client server with a hardware Raid 5 with 4 ea. 1 gig drives (WD black I think) and a 5th hot swappable drive. All drives are same make and size.
I am not sure when it failed, likely Friday, 9/13/2013
When you boot, you get an error message during the boot:
Mode = Raid 5
ID Name = Raid5
ID Size = 3999.996
Status = Critical
The error can be seen in the attached photo.
I can click CTRL+F to go to the Raid menu.
It shows all the drives (4 raid, extra and dvd), it shows no errors on the drives.
The computer does boot, but at some point during the day, it will lock and stop functioning. I do not know what the trigger is for the lock. I have not yet witnessed it.
I suspect the RAID 5 itself is somehow corrupt or it could be a failed motherboard. The whole system is only a few weeks old.
The reason I think this is the raid itself: I can find no info that indicates a drive has failed. Plus, the hot swappable was previously invisible to windows (OS=Windows home server) and yet I can now see it as an unformatted drive in the computer management area (administrative tools) and windows explorer (My computer).
The motherboard is an Asus M5A99x EVO R2.0. The raid chipset is AMDSB950.
I have downloaded and tried the Runtime.org Raid Reconstructor. It does not see the individual drives, only the 4 gig raid and the 1 spare drive. so it was unable to tell me anything.
Critical information has been backed up.
What I need to know or figure out:
Is it a drive or the RAID array or the Motherboard?
If Drive, how do I get it to recognize what was suppose to be the hot swappable? How to put it into service and identify the bad drive and remove it?
If the RAID, how do I rebuild it without losing data? While not the end of the earth to wipe and start over, I'd really rather not. I did not set up the RAID previously. I would likely return it to the vendor who did.
If the motherboard, will swapping it out and replacing it, fix it?
Thank you for your help.