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I have a drive that has gone bad in my raid 5 array. It happene to affect the virtual drive with the os on it and I can't boot. Getting a new drive today and need to know if there is anything I can do to repair sbs 2008 without reinstalling everything. This a a dell server with a perc 300 controller. Dell told me it was controlled by the OS so I kind of know the answer.

asked 11/22/2011 01:00

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IF only one drive is down then your system should boot fine. It MAY be very very slow at booting.
When you try and boot what do you get? What screens? Any errors? give us a hint :D
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It would just be a blank screen for the longest time (30-60 min). I have seen only one bsod. 0x000000f4
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answered 2011-11-22 at 09:04:32

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As soon as you replace the bad drive, the RAID array should start rebuilding, even if it can't be booted to.  This occurs at the RAID controller level, before Windows.
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answered 2011-11-22 at 09:13:47

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What do you mean with "Virtual Drive"? Normally you should have no booting issues if a member disk of a RAID 5 array dies. Are you sure only one disk is dead?
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answered 2011-11-22 at 09:54:23

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Regardless of it rebuilding AFTER you add the new drive, the array should, as I already said, boot perfectly well, but slow, on 4 drives. It it fails completely then I would suspect that you have lost more than 1 drive.
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answered 2011-11-22 at 10:01:09

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Or you have a problem with the RAID controller...
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answered 2011-11-22 at 10:31:17

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Callandor

The Dell S300 controller is a driver based controller, meaining that if you can not get the OS to boot, you cannot do anything to fix a failed drive, rebuild a drive or fix a failed array.

This is the downside of this controller. NO Boot to OS means a repair install or reload. No other options
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answered 2011-11-22 at 13:38:12

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charlestasse

Controler error, reported 1 drive was bad when really another drive was the one that was bad from the Dell Diag
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answered 2011-11-23 at 09:49:23

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