Dell Server RAID 5 Virtual Drives & Recovery
Posted on 2014-03-10
Hi, I have a Dell T300 server with a 4 disk RAID 5 controlled by a PERCENT 6/i controller and running Server 2008 R2.
I lost two drives and have replaced them with Dell certified hard disks. I also made a system state back up on an external drive before it crashed.
I replaced the two bad drives and initialized both of them through the RAID controller and it shows four physical disks online. .
I then created two RAID 5 virtual disks:
- Disk 0 (300 GB) and Disk 1 (balance of available space, about 2.6 TB).
I load windows but I only see Disk 0 on Windows Explorer.
The Server Manager, though, shows both VD's but only Disk 0 has a drive letter assigned to it. TI need to a drive letter to Disk 1 so I can see it as a drive in windows explorer.
But the most perplexing thing is recovering the system state.
I boot up by hitting F8 and open windows in Active Directory Repair Mode, open Windows Server Backup, select Recover and go through the bouncing ball.
I see the backup folder on my external drive, select it and start the process but after just a few seconds it tells me that the Server Backup Service has stopped.????
Help and Thanks, Clint