[TriLUG] OT: Failed Raid Controller
kevin at flanagannc.net
Tue Nov 30 15:15:19 EST 2004
The Compaq Smart 3200 will read the RAID config from the disks.
Just be careful of the firmware revisions, if they are a major version
off on the replacement card you should get the replacement card to be
close to the original card before you attach disks.
As for the # of channels, the replacement should go fairly smooth if
you have the same channel config, if not it may take some time to get
one set up, then the other one.
You shouldn't need to move anything but the old controller.
You may want to try disconnecting the cable that connects to the
disks and update the firmware, fairly easy to download from
www.hp.com/servers , then make the bootable floppy(s) for that
If you are in a real jam, send me a note offlist and I'll work with
you on it.
On Tue, 2004-11-30 at 10:06 -0500, Steve Hoffman wrote:
> Sorry for the Off Topic post, but I'm desperate for answers and either
> google doesn't have much or I don't know what to search for.
> I don't know if any of you use Hosted Solutions for your hosting
> needs, but my company does and last night something strange happened
> there, I don't know any details but the power went down (at least
> once) and when it came back up all our machines came online except one
> (the oldest one). I did a little poking around and I believe that I
> have it narrowed down to an failed RAID Controller.
> The machine starts booting normally, but when it gets to our Compaq
> Smart Array 3200 it attempts to initialize for ever. When I initially
> hit the power the lights built into this Proliant 6400R's onboard
> drives flash, so I can see they are getting power.
> My question is, can I recover this data from the drives? I have
> another controller available (almost identical except it's a single
> channel controller). I saw one post (the only relevant one I could
> find) that said I could rebuild the array configuration from the
> information stored on the disks. I have no idea how to do this as
> I've never had a RAID card go bad on me before. I do have the Compaq
> "Server Setup and Management" CD's V.5 which I see Array Diagnostic
> utilities, but before I hose the system completely does anyone have
> any experience with this and could offer a few condolences/pointers?
> I do have the system back up and running on a different system
> restored from tape backups so we're not down, but we would still like
> to get this one back online AND (if possible) recover whatever data we
> Thanks in Advance
> The OS is/was RH9 so I'm not completely off topic, but I don't
> remember the exact drive configuration i.e. where / was and where /var
> was (I think it was 4 drives in two RAID-1 Configurations) if that
> helps anyone.
Kevin Flanagan <kevin at flanagannc.net>
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