DELL POWEREDGE 2600 RAID 5:
I need some help with a RAID 5 array running on a Dell PowerEdge 2600 server. This array has recently been displaying some problems and error codes. The main problem is that the server won’t boot up, and there is an error message saying that one of the hard drives in the array has bad sectors on it. This is preventing me from viewing files on the drives, including a lot of data which is relevant to my work, which I really must have. I need some help with this device, and I don’t know what else I can do to get it to recover. I am thinking that the bad drive must be the RAID 0 drive, and that I will have to swap out the drive, but the data needs to be recovered first.
I am running a QNAP TS 879 which recently suffered a crash after a firmware installation. This problem first appeared during the rebooting process after the upgrade of the new firmware. The QNAP system restarted as usual, but then immediately turned itself off and tried to reboot again. I am now having to power cycle the server to get it to stay up for more than 5 minutes. The main concern I have is that I have been running a RAID 5 array connected to it, and the hard drives in the array appear to be struggling with the after-effects of that crash. This has now resulted in a complete failure of the RAID 5 array, and the fact that I can’t view any data on the drives. I have tried taking the array and installing it onto another computer which uses a different system to the QNAP. This is not worked, and I am now desperate. I need to get back the data contained on the server, as it is very important.