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Hey, I just built a new HTPC/Media server (specs below) and am having some issues with the RAID:
  • I had 4x Samsung F3 1TB dives set up as RAID 5, ran fine for a week or 2 then had one drive fail (port 2).
  • I replaced it, and rebuilt. A couple days later, boom, the new drive (on port 2) failed.
  • So, I plug the 2 "bad" harddrives into the sata 6G ports and load them up in windows. Both format and are recognized just fine.
  • I take the 1st drive that failed (now formatted and working) and plug it into the RAID 5 and rebuild.... Not sure what I did but I lost all my data (~1.2TB) with that rebuild.
  • Fast forward a few days.... drive fails again (port 2). this time it's definitely the drive... clicking like crazy. I replace it with the 2nd drive that failed (formatted and working fine by itself) and delete the RAID 5 to create a RAID 10. After less than a week (2 days ago) I have another (different) drive failing again.
I hope this makes sense. I don't think these are genuine hard drive errors, as I can load them in Windows. I'm at a loss and about to hook it up as JBOD.
Edited by eazy - 12/21/10 at 6:47pm
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[*]I had 4x Seagate F3 1TB dives
Seagate do not have this F3 1TB drive...maybe you mean the Samsung F3 1TB?
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My bad, yea, samsung.

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Have you checked the smart stats on the drives, all of them? When you're using new drives and building arrays, you have to make sure the drives are good before putting real data on the array. Some people like to run drive tests on the drives before fully investing in the array.

The chances of drives failing on their own are rare, but the chances of getting damaged drives from bad handling or shipping, are unknown but between you and I, you can't trust the shipper/sellers. Hence, testing them before putting real data on them.
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No, never checked the health. Is there any way to check each one without breaking the raid? HD Tune is blank for SMART data.
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I use SIW to check hardware, however I'm not sure you can check smart with a soft RAID. I can't check stats with my other system's Vertex 2 array on RST. My htpc array which is on an Areca controller supports smart fully but then again it ain't soft RAID.
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If your still using Matrix Storage Manager 8.9 don't it has problems.
http://www.intel.com/support/chipset.../CS-030818.htm

Use Rapid Storage Technology its changed its name.
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...+RST)&lang=eng
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If your still using Matrix Storage Manager 8.9 don't it has problems.
http://www.intel.com/support/chipset.../CS-030818.htm

Use Rapid Storage Technology its changed its name.
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...+RST)&lang=eng
That may be the issue. I'll check if it's 8.9 tonight, thanks.
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If it's always the same port that fails, that leads me to believe there is something wrong with that port/cable/power. To have so many drives fail on a single port is a little unlikely for just those drives to be faulty when all the others are ok.
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If it's always the same port that fails, that leads me to believe there is something wrong with that port/cable/power. To have so many drives fail on a single port is a little unlikely for just those drives to be faulty when all the others are ok.
Yea, all of the failures but one were on port 2. After the last time I noticed it was the same port, I figured it couldn't be the hard drives. That and being a newb to RAID, I figured I screwed something up somewhere I have switched the power plugs around on the drives, didn't swap SATA cables though.

Looks like I jumped the gun big time on setting up the RAID, got my work cut out tonight. Will update when I know more, thanks everyone!
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