Need some super duper help. Clients server seems to be going through hard drives at an alarming rate. HDs go down or offline, and then when critically it goes down, I have to recover. I replaced one of the 5 raid hds as a global spare, however, the system isn't absorbing it into the raid array Disk group 1, raid 1, 2 disks, 0:0 and 0:1 are doing fine. The remaining 5 are an issue. When one of the hard drives in the raid5 failed, I recommended to the client they get a new drive. We have a new one, however, 2 drives now went down. I forced the last one to fail back online and restarted the server, thinking the global spare would get absorbed into the array. For a good while, the hard drives looked like they were rebuilding and the one I forced back online stayed online.. until it failed. Whats funny is I could see the files and folders, move to different folder but when tried to fix the exchange DB (there are 3) eseutil was stating the files weren't there. I could see them, but couldn't copy, open or do anything with them. Looking at the server, there were 2 amber lights out of the 5 which composed of the raid 5 array. Knowing I couldn't really do anything else, and that includes make a backup of anything there (I have a good backup minus the exch dbs) I had to restart. Now, upon restarting and going into the perc controller, 2 drives are "foreign" 2 are OK, and 1 is the global spare (STILL!!!). Why didn't it get put into the raid 5 array when the system was restated as "degraded"???
I don't know, however, now I am stuck with 2 online, 2 missing (turned into foreign) and 1 global spare STILL for the array I need to get at.
What do I do? I read something about clearing the "foreign" but was looking to salvage the array and the mailbox dbs prior to wiping the array and making another one. I truly was under the impression I swapped the drives correctly and didn't move any around to different slots, but who knows.
Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!