Raid 1 changing attributes

November 30, 2010 at 01:28:01
Specs: Win 2003 Server R2, Intel dual core/4Gb ram
I am running Win 2003 Server R2. On this system is an external USB Raid (Startech S352U2RER) as a raid 1. I want to be able to swap out 1 of those drives at the end of the day so as to have data off premises. When I originally set the raid up using 2x 1TB drives everything was fine. There is a database that is using SQL Server, a Quickbooks data folder and every client machine had their "My Documents" saved into a client accessable folder. When I swapped out a drive not all clients were able to access their "My Documents" folder. I look on the server machine and all files are there, just not seen by the clients. I also noticed that on some, not all, of the individual folders the read-only attribute is checked and greyed. How do I fix this so that we can swap a drive and still see all of our files?

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November 30, 2010 at 08:03:25
Extremely bad plan to be breaking a mirror set to then transport a drive of that mirror set off site. There are many better alternatives available.

Most likely your drive access is limited while the mirror is rebuilding. Hopefully you are only removing the shadow drive not the primary drive.

Once it rebuilds do you have full network access?

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November 30, 2010 at 08:36:45
Yes, it's the shadow drive that is being swapped. I have drive access even during rebuild. Just slightly slower, but not much.

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November 30, 2010 at 09:29:37
Once the rebuild is done do clients see their files?

Just because a folder is marked read only does not mean the files contained within are read only. FYI

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