Solved Unable to reactivate a raid 0 volume

January 16, 2014 at 12:00:16
Specs: Windows Server 2003, AMD Athlon Dual Core
I have Windows 2003 server, I have 2 Disks in a Striped Volume, My server is being a pain in the ass, those 2 disks are no longer showing up in the computer management console. it says...

Disk 1 - Dynamic - Offline
Disk 2 - Dynamic - Offline

when I try and reactivate them it just doesn't do anything, and also the options "Import Foreign Disks" is blanked out and the only options I have are "Convert to Basic Disk" and "Reactivate Disk"

I am using a little 2 port raid card and when I load the software that came with it both the disks shows up as being present but not in any striped volume, I really dont want to lose the data that is on these disks as there are about 900GB of videos on them as well as other important files, these were my backup disks but my main volumes have also gone tits up,

If I use the software that came with my raid card and put them back in a raid 0 Striped then will I lose the data on those disks?

I hope someone has the answer as I am really pulling my hair out

Thanks

James]


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January 20, 2014 at 08:00:02
May I suggest you avoid RAID 0 in the future. If your present system was running RAID 1 or 5, then you wouldn't have to rip your videos over again.

If your present controller isn't capable of RAID 1 or 5 then I'd either invest in a new one, or even simpler, buy a small NAS device that's capable of RAID 1 or 5.

I have a two bay NAS with a pair of 2 Terabyte drives in it configured in a RAID 1 array. It gives me a lot of peace of mind. :)

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***



#1
January 17, 2014 at 08:59:07
You already lost your data. It's gone.

Sorry but it appears you don't know your raid levels. Raid0 has no failover/recovery though I have read of disk recovery company's that can get this data back at a price.

If you want disk failover the minimum raid level is 1.

You NEVER use raid0 on a server nor do you use it for anything you wish not to lose. It also appears you are not going backups which is another important aspect of data preservation.

Though you have a raid card you never configured it for any level of raid. You are doing software raid with dynamic disks. That is a major oversight and indicates a greater issue of not knowing server level hardware and software.

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January 17, 2014 at 10:22:15
I know my raid levels this is just a home server and has been running fine for years and every time the disks have appeared offline I have just reactivated them and they have been fine, my main drives are configured in raid 5 ok its software raid but unfortunately I cant afford a decent raid card,

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January 17, 2014 at 10:39:19
Pretty amazing you were able to reactivate. I suspect only one drive was offline at the time not both.

Make sure the raid card is working and the drives are being reported as good. Check that the raid card driver is loading in Windows.

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#4
January 17, 2014 at 12:40:28
I'm not sure if the computer itself is working correctly, i plugged all my hard drives back in (9 in total), and turned the computer on and I notice that some of the hard drives are now surging which in my experience could be the power supply being faulty, or maybe the motherboard has finally had enough I will do some more testing over the weekend if I have time, this pc was my old pc before I bought my Mac, and in all fairness it has stayed on for the best part of 3 years without a break apart from a few restarts, so it doesn't owe me much, apart from all my videos etc! :-( so looks like I am going to have to rip my entire collection again! at least all my music is safe!

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January 20, 2014 at 08:00:02
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May I suggest you avoid RAID 0 in the future. If your present system was running RAID 1 or 5, then you wouldn't have to rip your videos over again.

If your present controller isn't capable of RAID 1 or 5 then I'd either invest in a new one, or even simpler, buy a small NAS device that's capable of RAID 1 or 5.

I have a two bay NAS with a pair of 2 Terabyte drives in it configured in a RAID 1 array. It gives me a lot of peace of mind. :)

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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