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RAID controller died. need to replace without losing data

By elizabeth ·
my raid controller on my netfinity 5600 server died today. and defunct 3 of my drives. i have a 6 drive config. RAID 5. the first 5 drives are an array. the last drive is a hot swap.

i replaced the raid controller card, but i need to be able to config the new card without losing the data on my array. HELP ME PLEASE.
i have gone into the IBM serverraid mini config utility during bootup and told the card to copy the coniguration from the drives. when i did that htey defunct the same 3 drives again.. what am i missing here? i dont wana rebuild the server. anything else i can try?

i have tried to power down server, re seat the drives, re seat the controller. convinced the controller is dead.

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by BFilmFan In reply to RAID controller died. nee ...

I hope you have a good backup, as you will need to rebuild the array and restore the data.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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by elizabeth In reply to RAID controller died. nee ...

thanks for the reply,
yeah, i just spent the weekend rebuilding the array and data. i did have good backups, so we only lost about a days worth of work. not too bad.

is there anything i could have done different to save the array and data? or once the card fried, i was toast? i mean there has to be a way to save the array when the controller card dies?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to RAID controller died. nee ...

The Promise Tech RAID cards seem to be better at recovering from a major hardware fault than the others. But otherwise having a good DR Plan n place is the only option.


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