[windows2000] Re: Got new HD, put it in, don't know what to do now to rebuild RAID array

The old drive is what is showing as missing.  The new drive is showing as
unallocated.  That is why there is one more "virtual" drive than physical
drive.

Right click on a still functioning partition of the RAID 5 volume and select
"Repair Volume..." from the context menu and then select the replacement
disk from the list.


HTH,

Glenn Sullivan, MCSE+I  MCDBA
David Clark Company Inc. 

-----Original Message-----
From: rfalanga@xxxxxxx [mailto:rfalanga@xxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 6:14 PM
To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [windows2000] Got new HD, put it in, don't know what to do now
to rebuild RAID array


I have already mentioned on this list how I am trying to rebuild a 
RAID-5 array.  (It uses SCSI.)  I have finally gotten the new drive 
in, and put it into place.  I have found out that I do not have a 
hardware RAID configuration.  It is all handled through software 
(Windows 2000 Server).  Let me describe the hardware, as I see it:

There are 4 hard drives.

They all must be SCSI drives, as they are all connected by the same 
data cable to the motherboard, where I see an Adaptec chip resides.  
(AIC-7880)

OK, that is what I know, physically.   Before I put the new SCSI drive 
in, I made as certain as I could that the jumpers were OK, so that it 
would be the ID number in the SCSI sequence.  I used the old HD's 
jumper configuration as a template, and wrote it down before taking 
off the jumpers.

Now I have turned on the server, and gone into Computer Manager.  Here 
is what I see there:

Disk 0: it has 3 partitions.  The first is for the OS and is a simple 
dynamic partition.  It is not a part of the RAID.  The second 
partition is a part of the RAID, and it has the status of "Failed".  
There is an unallocated amount of disk space as the third partition.

Disk 1: This has 2 partitions.  The first is a part of the RAID, and 
it has a status of "Failed".  The second is some left over disk space.

Disk 2: This is my new HD.  It has a status of "Unallocated".

Disk 3: This has the word "Missing" next to it, but I can see that it 
is supposed to be a part of the RAID.  It has a status of "Failed".

Disk 4: This also has the word "Missing" next to it, and I can also 
see that it is supposed to be a part of the RAID.  It has a status 
of "Failed".

I am, like you, mystified to see a fifth HD, when I can clearly see 
that there are only 4 HDs in the unit.  I don't know why it thinks 
there is a fifth one there. 

That is the details.  What I don't know is, what am I supposed to do 
next?  I had thought that just putting the new HD in, and turning on 
the server would have been sufficient for it to rebuild itself, but 
that doesn't look likely, now.  When I use the search term "rebuild 
raid" in Windows online help, I get nothing.  I big part of getting 
any help is knowing what it heck the online help wants, and since I 
cannot read minds, I am not always successfully in finding the magic 
words.  However, I did find another article titled, "Repair a basic 
RAID-5 volume (stripe set with parity)".  But that still doesn't give 
me enough information to know what in heck I am supposed to do.  

So, I am asking you.  Please give me a step-by-step description as to 
what I am supposed to do to rebuild/repair/whatever a software RAID-5 
array on Windows 2000 Server.

Rod


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