thefilmguy

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    RAID5 broken. Clone questing and suggestions.

    So now my problem is the drives don't list in linux. I can see the model of the drive somewhere when I run the dmesg command at the bottom but I don't see any path. Any tips?
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    RAID5 broken. Clone questing and suggestions.

    haha thanks for the tip. Trust me, that was the first thing I thought of. I was going to boot into ubuntu with the source drive, then reboot again with the target drive. Thanks for the dmesg command though. It has been a few years since I've touched linux.
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    RAID5 broken. Clone questing and suggestions.

    Thanks for the suggestions. I had to take a couple days off but I now bought 3 replica 2TB Seagate drives to clone. Will this command work? dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=4096 conv=notrunc,noerror Is the bs=4096 needed? BTW the vendor wants me to try Raid Reconstruct from Runtime. Unfortunately the program wasn't able to find the appropriate info needed to reconstruct so I would have to pay for their probe service which costs $299. I just spent 300 on drives lol I don't wanna drop another 300 but if they do fix it, I guess that's my last option.
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    RAID5 broken. Clone questing and suggestions.

    So I skipped doing a clone for now until I can find spare drives to use. I ran the FreeRaidRecover on the 3 drives and received this error this morning. Not sure what this means but maybe somehow my raid5 dropped to a raid1 when there was an issue with one drive but doesn't explain why I would have all these problems. http://imgur.com/j7DQNQC
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    RAID5 broken. Clone questing and suggestions.

    Awesome thanks again Kevin. Yes I ran this program 9pm Friday evening and 9am Saturday it only completed maybe less than 10%. So I can certainly run this program and let it ride as the developers assure nothing is written to the drives in this process. My question is, does this program work with the drives connected in a non-raid setup?
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    RAID5 broken. Clone questing and suggestions.

    Thanks Kevin. That's what I'm reading. Seems like Ghost will copy but not copy in the same orientation as DD would. Thank you very much. I will definitely be very cautious before trying one. I may even prepare a ghost of my first drive without compression just as another fail safe. Thanks again .
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    RAID5 broken. Clone questing and suggestions.

    Nope. No backup. This is a Vantec UGT-ST310R (Silicon 3114 chip) PCI RAID controller. The BIOS on this controller is stupid. Only allows me to Rebuild to RAID1. http://www.vantecusa.com/en/product/view_detail/391 I have 3 identical drives, the only part they differ is 2 drives are model M001 and L001. L001 is showing as invaild RAID drive in the controller BIOS. I've never heard of DD before. Is that better than using Symantec Ghost 10 or clonezilla?
  8. My RAID5 Array seems to be broken by possibly a bad windows shutdown a couple weeks ago. I can no longer see the drive in Windows. Ok so my first question is a) Given that each drive(3) is healthy and working, can I clone each drive with Ghost and use the cloned drives as my test dummies to troubleshoot my issue? Does anyone have any advice for the complete story below? I have 3 2TB in a RAID5 setup. One day the PC just shut off but then booting back into windows 8, it would never come up. I removed all power cables from the RAID drives. Windows 8 comes up right away. Figure I would come back to it in a couple weeks(me being in denial not wanting to deal with it). Now I have to deal with it. In the Silicon 3114 RAID controller BIOS, it shows the L001 drive as an Invalid drive. The M001 drives are reserved (image). Windows shows nothing. I plug them into the motherboard via non-raid setup and all drives come up but one comes up as 4TB RAW with a drive letter (image). When I put a replacement drive in, it does not rebuild the RAID5. See images. BIOS image Sil3114 SATARAID5 Manager image This program shows the new drive is set for pass-through (bypass raid). I do not know how to fix this. But the only option in the program I can do is "Create RAID Group" which I don't want to do. So I hook everything back to the way it was, correct channel, cable, drive, etc. SATARAID5 shows this group in a legacy RG0? (image). I get no option to Rebuild, it's grayed out, same with the spare. Does anyone know what this means? I have important photography on here I can't risk to lose so before I bring this to a DR I want to see if there is anything I can do. The data is there as I tried to do a file recovery when HDD's were connected straight to windows. Thumbnails look fine but the image is corrupted when looking at them. Has anyone experience a drive saying Invalid RAID drive on the Silicon 3114? Can I choose convert legacy? If I go into Device Summary it shows all drives as Healthy. I'm a network guy so RAID is my weak spot. Here is a link to the SATARAID5 manual http://www.siliconimage.com/docs/SATARAID5-UserGuide_v1... In order for me to use this utility in Windows 8 I had to install the latest version of Java, then run command as an administrator and execute the java file from there. My UAC is already off which I couldn't figure out why it wasn't opening.