By March 1, 2007

RAID5 rebuilding!

One of the drives in my RAID5 array failed two weeks ago. The RMA process took a lot longer than I would have liked — I used to be able to cross-ship with NewEgg on defective items, but I didn’t see that as an option on their Web-based RMA page. So I had to mail my drive to NewEgg, they took three business days to verify that it was toast, and then sent one back via UPS Ground. It arrived while I was out of town on business, and the next thing you know I’ve been skating on a degraded drive array for way too long.

Rebuilding the array was simple, despite a weird workflow that made me hold my breath for about ten minutes until I figured out what the hell was going on. The Syba 3114 RAID controller card’s software saw my replacement drive immediately, but I wasn’t able to select the “rebuild legacy array” option from the menu. The PDF manual on rebuilding an array was useless, and Syba’s tech support site was equally helpful. All of their documentation depended on everything working as planned, and there was no end-to-end documentation on how to rebuild a RAID5 array. I was getting nervous and did the old Windows standby: if something doesn’t work as expected, reboot. Sure enough, the Syba software allowed me to rebuild the legacy array. 😉

The rebuild has been going on for ten hours, with about six left. Then I can really breathe easily again.

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3 Comments on "RAID5 rebuilding!"

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  1. drfaulken says:

    Back online, everything looks normal. Whew!

  2. Ed says:

    That must be a relief.

  3. Stomper says:

    Congrats!!