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I think this guy should sub too. tongue.gif

anyone with an ounce of foresight could have predicted this failure...

3 raid 5's striped together in windows, how was that even a thing?
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I think this guy should sub too. tongue.gif

anyone with an ounce of foresight could have predicted this failure...

3 raid 5's striped together in windows, how was that even a thing?
Yes but one of the RAID cards failed due to a bad motherboard killing its firmware.

I recently had a recovery that came in that was not recoverable at all due to the controller writing junk data to the drives... Boom, RAID parameters gone and no recovery.
 
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@Xeb

It's precisely that scenario which makes me avoid RAID cards. For my purposes I'd rather use a "plain Jane" HBA and handle the RAID elsewhere; Linux software RAID or ZFS. True enough, a bad motherboard can also frazzle one or more SATA controllers, but that's what backups are for...tongue.gif
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3 raid 5's striped together in windows, how was that even a thing?

It's like digging a well, then putting your outhouse next to it.
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Yes but one of the RAID cards failed due to a bad motherboard killing its firmware.

I recently had a recovery that came in that was not recoverable at all due to the controller writing junk data to the drives... Boom, RAID parameters gone and no recovery.

should've bought an Asus

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Oh bloody hell...
Case 6

So... some of these old WD drives are a nightmare when their heads fail. One prime example would be Zeus drives (a lot of WD5000KS drives are these)... Micro jog. Yeah!

What I am referring to hear? Well, lets dig deeper into this drive:

The drive came in clicking and clicking hard. However, if one goes into kernel mode, changes the head map in RAM, soft reset and go back into the utility, the drive works fine. That means that at least one head is dead. Well... at least. I begin by trying to image the drive but only for it destabilize during eval. That means another dead head.
Edit the head map and repeat. What heads are dead?

0, 2, 4 and 6. Heads 1, 3, 5 and 7 are okay.

Why is this a pain? Because it requires multiple head swaps to find a stack of heads with a compatible micro jog. They cannot differ more than 300 from each other but I have had them not work even if they differ by 50...

Right now I am imaging the drive after 2 head swaps and got most of the drive imaged. Once my brain stops hurting I will create a better post than this one.
 
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0, 2, 4 and 6. Heads 1, 3, 5 and 7 are okay.

I'm assuming these are numbered logically and the heads corresponding to the top/bottom of each platter is dead while the heads corresponding to the bottom/top is fine?

Coincidence if true, or is there a good reason for that?
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That is correct. Which is strange. However, after doing the second head exchange the other surfaces became accessible. I am thinking that there is something wrong with the preamp but due to how finicky these drivers are with their micro jog it just makes things annoying.
 
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