Question about Dell PowerEdge 2600 Server
The integrated LSI Logic RAID controller reports Disk 4 "is not ready" (no amber light) but it does detect it on controller initiation. I need to find out if I must rebuild the array, and if so, might anyone know how? I don't see any array utility in the LSI logic BIOS. Is this simply a backplane with a software-controlled RAID solution? The information I found seems to say this: "Figure 7-4. Removing and Installing the RAID Battery: .... Step 15: Install the RAID software." -- https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~brecht/servers/docs/PowerEdge-2600/en/Pe2600/IT/5j721c70.htm#1058064
> it does detect it on controller initiation.
Even when the drive is not spinning, it will identify itself (manufacturer, capacity) when queried. So, it's possible that it "checks-in", but files/directories on it cannot be read.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Good news, Dell has lifetime phone support for their servers.
Write down the Express Service Code and Service Tag number that is on the server chassis and call Dell.
This is the last number I used for server support: (800) 945-3355
If it doesn't work you should be able to find a valid number at support.dell.com
I hope this helps.
Posted on Jul 23, 2009
SOURCE: Dell poweredge t110 Raid 5
In a RAID 5 config, you need at least 3 drives (you can have more however). A small part of every drive is then reserved for recovery data for the other drives. So two drives together hold all the data needed to restore a 3rd drive.
The Raid Controllers in the Dell Poweredge Servers are hot swappable. So you can just pull the faulty disk and then insert a new replacement drive in the same slot (Needs to be the same type and size or bigger. However, if the disk is bigger than the other 2, then only the size of the two other disks will be used on the new drive). The Raid controller will then see that there is a new disk and automatically start the recovery process. You will be able to see this when you open the Controller software. Once the recovery is done, the RAID 5 will be fully functional again.
While one of the disks is faulty or missing the two remaining disks will continue to work, but at the severely degraded performance. After the rebuild the performance will be back to the way it was before.
The rebuild can take more than an hour, depending on the disk sizes used.
There is also an option on some Controllers to select one drive as a "spare". Then you insert one more disk and set it as spare. It will not start working unless one of the other disks in the Raid fails. That's when it is used automatically as a replacement.
Posted on May 02, 2011
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