Convert mirrored raid drive back to stand alone? Stuck in SATA raid reboot loop!
AAARGH. If I hadn't had a bad enough week already, this morning, 1 server's Intel matrix console showing failed drive in a mirrored set on a vanilla 2003 server install. Shut the server down, unplugged failed drive, plugged in a new sata drive, restarted, added drive back into volume set and left it rebuilding. A while later, about 80% through rebuilding, beep beep beep from UPS as power drops and it runs briefly before shutting down the server. As far as I know, this shouldn't do any harm to the working drive which the mirror was being rebuilt from?
As soon as the power's back on properly, restart the server again expecting it to continue rebuilding or restart from scratch on the new HD. I never get far enough to find out - the server is now rebooting immediately after the first POST screen before the raid controller option rom kicks in. If I unplug both drives, it will show the screen (with no drives, obviously) and continue to fail to boot since there are no drives present. If I plug the original working drive back in, reboot loop.
I'm not 100% familiar with where all the raid volume info is stored - I know I could plug the drive into another machine and rescue the data from the volume but I don't want to have to do a whole server rebuild :( Couple of q's for those more up on this than me -
If I clone the working drive, will that pick up everything it needs so that I have a working copy as an initial backup?
Is there any way to get the raid 1 info off and reset the drive to a single sata HD so I can attempt to get the server back up in a hurry then worry about reRAIDing later?
Any other ideas?
Motherboard is an Intel 865 chipset, onboard sata raid was being used (not my choice, stuck with the servers we had) so I'm not sure whether I could track down an identical one on ebay and whack the drive on that to continue if the raid chip has died somehow?
Already had a failed router, dead proxy and a million other things go wrong this week, not happy! :getmecoat: