Thanks for taking the time to look at this.
I have a SATA RAID 5 set up in my main computer because I was sick of losing data.
The Array is 4 drives, each a 500GB affair from WD. Model #WD5000AAKS.
Anyway, I lost a drive about a year back and just switched the wires to a spare and rebuilt and kept running. That's exactly how I had hoped it would happen.
Now I have lost another drive and have no spare!
The drives that failed both show error state in the pre-boot raid controls.
Finally to the questions part...
Can I somehow keep the (now 3 disk) array intact, format one of the "error" drives and put it back in the array bringing it back to 4 disk array?
If not, can I use a drive other than the WD5000AAKS ?
In my pre-boot raid tool, the error drive shows seperately from the degraded array.
Can I use the delete option to sever the connection between the error drive and the degraded array? How does all that work? I hate to throw out two drives that may have some use.
How do I know there's an error and not just something that got corrupted? I got error state one day, next 3 days, no error and again today error.
I don't want to blindly throw out hundreds of dollars of gear because the system is having a bad day or some virus zapped me.
Thanks for reading and please point me somewhere that will help me to understand how these RAID 5 arrays work.
Edited by alexpanda, 25 May 2009 - 11:58 AM.