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Windows Server 2000/2003 Thread, Server crash - possible corrupt RAID? - can anyone help? in Technical; It's early, but it's cold here in Castleford! Infact I would go as far to say that I think its ...
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    It's early, but it's cold here in Castleford! Infact I would go as far to say that I think its goint to rain shortly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    The only options in the Raid controller are a consistency check that tells me that BGI is in progress (whatever that is)and then exits when you press a key and rebuild array.

    We have just booted a copy Mini XP from Hirens and loaded the raid drivers into it but it hangs at the windows screen. So we are thinking it is seriously stuffed. We are now wondering if we should go do the rebuid array route?
    BGI (Background Initialization) is a process to correct parity on the virtual (RAID) disks. BGI is an automated check for media errors in which parity is created and written in the process. It sound's like it knows there is a problem and is trying to recover itself.

    Not sure wether a successfull recovery would solve your issue though if it completes without issue?

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    Thanks for all the support. Unfortunately, it was not possible to see the hard drive array from anything - even with the correct drivers loaded it just hung so it does look like a faulty RAID. We have deleted and re-created the array and are now initialising. After this, will re-install the OS then hopefully recover the OS using a backup...after that, just need to restore the rest of the data!

    I am expecting grey hair by the end of this week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnoco View Post
    Thanks for all the support. Unfortunately, it was not possible to see the hard drive array from anything - even with the correct drivers loaded it just hung so it does look like a faulty RAID. We have deleted and re-created the array and are now initialising. After this, will re-install the OS then hopefully recover the OS using a backup...after that, just need to restore the rest of the data!

    I am expecting grey hair by the end of this week!
    Good luck! Did you check your backups before you took this drastic action?

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    I think you did the right thing, if it was doing BGI and with so many boot disks failing it did seem like the array itself was damaged.

    This is where you pray to the Backup Gods - to be sure all goes well

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    Just to update this post its fixed now.

    We reinstalled on a different server (one purchased from FN-GM off the Edugeek classified ads page) and its now running our MIS.


    On the old server - One of the drives on the RAID array was giving very slow read times More than 8 minutes to do a scan as compared to about 50 seconds for the others. I have removed that drive and now I am reconfiguring as a RAID 5 and it appears to be working.

    And to top off what started as a bad week this just arrived on our desk

    So thanks to everyone that helped and thanks to FN-GM for the server.

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