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Replacing a failed Drive

Hello I have a failed drive in my POPnetserver RAID 5 + Hot Spare and am looking to replace it with a new drive. I have sourced a new hard disk but looking on the technical documentation it states that replacing drives may damage other drives unless the drives are purchased and prepared directly from FIA. Please advise. Thanks Matthew

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Re: Replacing a failed Drive

Well, that may happen.. oh did you see that flying pig..
But seriously it will in all probability be fine.
Actually if ya wanna get picky, you usually replace RAID drives in Pairs.
But ya should be OK. That is moreor less to "Cover" themselves.
As long as the drive ya gonna replace is the same specs as the one ya replacing.. I say ya good to go.

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LaCie 2big Triple - I replaced one drive, but capacity is wrong

Most likely the problem you are encountering is due to the RAID mode the device is set in. Most RAID arrays utilize multiple drives of the same size, or with drives of differing size, they just use a portion of the largest that matches the smallest drive. When the device rebuilt the array it partitioned off a portion of the 4tb drive of the same size as the existing 500gb drive. If you want to use full capacity of both drives you would need to use JBOD mode, which just strings the disks together into a storage pool using all available space. This won't offer the data redundancy of RAID1 or speed boost of RAID0, but should allow using full space.

Backup any vital data before doing anything, then look for a switch on the back. Rather than RAID0 or 1 the options may be labelled Safe or Fast, but JBOD is usually still labelled JBOD, or sometimes Big. You can try just flipping the switch to JBOD and seeing if it rebuilds to use all space. If that doesn't work you may need to remove the 4tb drive, connect it to a different system and erase it to get rid of the 500gb partition, then with the Lacie set to JBOD reinstall the 4tb drive so it will add its full size to the array.

The safest option though would be to buy another 4tb drive, backup all data and install both 4tb drives with the device set to RAID1/Safe. You would only get 4tb of total storage, but it would mirror the data on both drives so if one fails the other will still have your data. With JBOD you won't have any auto-backup. If a drive fails the data on it will be lost.

Jan 21, 2014 | LaCie 2big Network (2-disk RAID) (301257U)...


Implementing RAID 1 in Windows Server 2003 using VMware!

This is a simple tutorial about creating a RAID 1 in VMware for IT people. VMware, well I think you know already about Server Virtualization.Its a well known product.
Let's discuss about some of the techniques related to Load Balancing or Fault Tolerance.....The Disks here used are Dynamic Disks.
RAID - Reduddant Array of Independant (Not much Inexpensive these days. That term suites no more) Disks. There are two types of RAID:
  1. Software RAID - Implemented via the OS or with the help of a Software. Not much efficient however.
  2. Hardware RAID - Hardware level RAID. Much more efficient and Fault Tolerant.

The idea to use a set of disks or an array is to increase the performance (Load balancing) and provide Disaster Recovery (Folt Tollerant).
RAID 0 - StripingThe fastes of all the RAID configurations. This is known as Striping. Striping is the process of Writing data Sequentially to or Read from more than a single Hard Drive (or a Storage Device).First the data is broken up into chunks or blocks. Then the writing process will be accomplished. The process of writing will be done Simultaneosly onto Strips. The performance of reading and writing increases because all the Heads are working all the time
RAID 1 - Mirroring,DuplexingAs the name implies, it creates a Mirror of one Disk onto another. Data will be written to Both the Disks. So if one disk fails other one can be mounted or it can be used to Restore data.There can be a deadlock how ever. The Disk Controller. RAID 1 uses a Single Disk Controller thus a Single point of failure.We can avoid this easilly with the use of Disk Duplexing which means usage of 2 Disk Controllers.
RAID 2 - Striping with ParityThis is similar to RAID1 but with an added feature known as Parity. One disk - typically the last one - is used to store somethings called Parity bits. With the use of these Parity Bits, the lost data can be easilly generated. This uses Logical XOR Operation. When writing, it XORs every data written onto HDDs and stores in the Parity Disk. When one Disk fails, thet PD is XORed with other Data bits on the functioning Hard Drives. This is a very effective technology in terms of Fault Tolerance. But Performance is pretty low.
RAID 3Similar to RAID 2 but instead of using Strips which are in Bits this technique uses Strips in Bytes. That increases the performance over RAID2.
RAID 4Strips data (Blocks) and uses a Parity Disk. Requires at least 3 Drives. Not widely used.
RAID 5The most popular method. Requires at least 3 Disks. Disks are used to store Parity data as well for each perticular drive. Data Stiped in Bytes (uses block-level striping with parity). Supports Unlimited number of Drives. Failure rate Drops when the number of devices increas.High speed reads can be performed. But writing is pretty slow in this approach.
Note: The non-standard RAID levels 5E, 5EE and 6E extend RAID 5 and 6 with hot-spare drives. Other non-standard RAID levels include: RAID 1.5, RAID 7, RAID-DP, RAID S or parity RAID, Matrix RAID, RAID-K, RAID-Z, RAIDn, Linux MD RAID 10, IBM ServeRAID 1E, unRAID, and Drobo BeyondRAID.
So how are we going to implement such a structure in VMware?That is quite easy. This is an example of Disk Mirroring. Each disk has to have Similar Capacity.
  1. Click on "Edit Virtual Machine Settings".
  2. Click on Add ->Next-> Create new Hard Disk.
  3. Select SCSi.
  4. Give a Suitable Disk Capacity for new Disk.
  5. Give a "Name" and Browse the storage location.
  6. Click on Finish.
  7. You have to Repeat the steps to create the number of Disks that you require. You have to have 2 Disks. Do not use the Main Drive. Use Separate Disks.
  8. Click on OK.
  9. Click on "Power on this Virtual Machine".
  10. After booting up the machine, its the time to implement the Mirrors.
  11. Log in.
  12. Right click on My Computer and select "Manage".
  13. Click on "Disk Management".
  14. Get the "Convert Disk Wizard".
  15. Select the 2 disks (tick on the check boxes).
  16. Click "Next -> Finish
  • Implementing RAID1
  1. Right click on the Disk n which your first added drive (n = the number).
  2. Select "New Volume".
  3. Select the option "Mirrored".
  4. Click on "Next".
  5. Add the Disks from the left hand list box to the right hand list box (the two drives that you have created).
  6. Click on "Next".
  7. Assign a Drive Letter.
  8. Format using NTFS. Make sure you provide a "Volume Label".
  9. That's all what you need to do!
  10. Wait until the Volumes get formatted and Synchronize.
  11. Implementation of the other technologies are similar to the above procedure.
Hope you would enjoy this tutorial.Thanks!

on Jun 30, 2010 | Network Storage Systems

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Product: LaCie 2big quadra ((Professional 2-Disk RAID. I have no back-up with the 2 disks, and this soon after purchase (August 2010). Serial number: 5102001839. Disk 2 does not work. At the front, light...

If the failed hard disk drive is replaced with the exact same capacity, RPM and make of hard drive, then the array can be rebuilt. Raid 0 cannot be rebuilt as each drive contains half of the data, If RAID 1 then can be rebuilt as data on each drive is an exact copy. However if combination of RAID 0 and RAID 1 then can be rebuilt. It's best really to handel this hands on, I recommend taking it to a computer technician especially if the information on it is important.

Thanking you

Nov 13, 2010 | LaCie 2TB 2BIG QUADRA RAID EXT ESATA FW800...

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I have a FIA POPNETSERVER 4600 with no Software or Docs HELP!!!

The IP-address probably is provided by a DHCP-server on your network. Login to that DHCP-server, and look at the list of "active" clients, i.e., computers that have obtained an IP-address from the DHCP-server. One of the IP-addresses should be allocated to your FIA box.

Rather than "flatten-and-rebuild", you probably should investigate new software and new hardware to replace it, *BEFORE* it "dies", forcing you into a "panic-repair" situation, i.e., you need a "BCP" (Business Continuation Plan) which proactively addresses the non-availability of your "unmanageable" server.

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Backup slow

You don't specify whether previously on your USB it was the same lacie external or whether it was a different external drive. It sounds like you were using a different external drive, most likely a single drive.
You've specified that you've got your lacie setup in raid 5. Raid 5 gives a very good read spead and a good redundancy for incase a drive fails, however it's write speed is very very slow.
It will be much slower than a single drive on USB for writing to it (i.e. backups), but you should see a huge performance boost in reading from the drive than your previous usb.
If you need it to be faster, you would be better suited looking at configuring it for one of the following raid setups:
Raid 0: striping (not recommended for backups) - data is split over all drives, however if 1 drive fails you lose all data.
Raid 10: striping + mirror . half the drives are striped (like above), but the other half mirror the striping half so if one drive fails there's a backup of it. You only get half the disk space though, so if you have 4 x 1Tb drives, then you'll only get 2Tb of space.

Apr 06, 2010 | LaCie 2500 GB Network Storage Server

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Flashing blue rings

The alternating flashing between the inner and outer blue rings means the drive is currently in Raid Degraded mode per KB article 1480. You will need to have your drive serviced. If you are able to access the device's Shared Storage Manager you should find a Drive Status: Drive (A or B) failed. If you can access it, you might be able to re-create the raid by replacing the bad drive (they're labeled A and B internally with a sticker so you'll know which one to replace) -- it's generally recommended that you first go through the warranty process though:

KB Article 915 and KB Article 8 will start you on the RMA process.

1-800-275-4932 can assist.

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Raid 5 crashed

Hi Chris,

How many drives are part of the array and what type are they? Are the drives making any unusual sounds like clicking or screeching? If not, then you should be able to recover the data. If the drives are making clicking sounds, you will probably need a professional data recovery service that specializes in Raid 5 data recovery to help you.

If the controller shows that only 1 drive is bad, you should be able to rebuild it by replacing that drive. If the controller shows all the drives are bad, then it is most likely a problem with the Raid 5 controller itself. In this case, you could try putting the drives in a working version of the same enclosure/controller.

Check the obvious also, like loose connections to the drives. Whatever you do, dont force a rebuild as this will probably result in permanent data loss.

Wesley Gill
Gillware Inc.
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Hard drives freezing up

Damaged drive controller on HDD a possibility. Pull drive and test as a slave to rule out a bad RAID controller. Let me know if the drive is failing under SMART setting in system BIOS upon boot.

Jun 22, 2007 | Iomega NAS P415m 180 GB Hard Drive Array

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Help please to restore the failed raid

Well if your data is gone at this point, you mines well just proceed with rebuilding a new RAID 5 set with your replacement drive. Even if one drive fails in a RAID 5 set, your logical drive should still be accessible. Goodluck.

Jun 14, 2007 | Quantum Guardian 4400 120 GB Hard Drive...

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