-- Date:Feb 3 2010-- Recovery Costs: $10,000.00
PowerEdge 2800 Server, 3ware 9550SXU-8LP Raid Controller
5 with 6 Western Digital WD1001FALS-00J7B1 sata drives
2003 Enterprise Server
Array, 2 failed drives, Fire - Power failure.
- step 1: Write
down the raid 5 configuration from the bios setup.
Note the exact order of the Raid Elements
Verify the stripe size
Label each drive and take care to maintain the original
order with the drive serial numbers
- step 2: As
Backup, duplicate each hard drive seperately.
We Recovered the most recently failed hard drive
using our HD Cloning software
We had to use the heads from the un-needed failed drive that had just
a Controller malfunction, but good heads. It had failed a few days
earlier and was going to be replaced when the 2nd hard drive failed
(Head Pre-Amp failure)
- step 3: After
cloning, we replaced the most recently failed drive with a good drive
that we changed the serial number to match the failed one.
- step 4:
We fired up the PowerEdge Server and forced the failed element back
- step 5:
The Server booted up normally with all the data intact.
- step 6:
We replaced the last failed hard drive and rebuilt the Raid Array.
Priority Weekend Service, the
server was received on Saturday and returned to full service Monday morning
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