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Disk Degraded

884 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 4, 2012 6:11 PM by UptimeJeff RSS
Malich85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 16, 2012 9:50 AM

Ok, i will try to explain my issue best I can but I am confused by this set up we have.


We have a boot drive and a storage drive on our small server. Each one has 2 drives that mirror each other. The other day we had a power issue and the server restarted. When it came back up the boot drive mirror set said degraded. And one of the boot drives said failed. I was able to repair the one that said failed, but the group is still showing up as degraded. Even though both drives for the boot show that they are ok.


Is there something im missing here? I verified the drives, they show ok. I checked permissions and repaired those. But still showing degraded.



Thank you guys for your help in advance.

Xserve, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,215 points)
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    Oct 16, 2012 9:57 AM (in response to Malich85)

    If you did not check the option to automatically rebuild the array, then the only solution I've found to work is to erase the RAID. You will need to backup the data before you do this, then after you erase the RAID you can restore the data from the temporary backup.


    By erase the RAID I don't mean break the RAID and erase each drive, then re-configure. Just use Disk Utility to erase the existing RAID mounted on your Desktop.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,215 points)
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    Oct 16, 2012 11:18 AM (in response to Malich85)

    I don't know that you can rebuild the data. But as for the RAID itself you need to remove it from Disk Utility, then create a new RAID adding these two drives. The new RAID will be blank.


    Now, that said I know that in theory when this problem occurs that if you have one good, populated drive in the RAID but have replaced a bad drive with a new one that the RAID is supposed to "come back." But, I have only tried this once but I probably did not do it correctly because it did not work. I've not seen any discussions about doing this with a working procedure outlined, so I don't want to tell you what I think you should do because it may be wrong.

  • UptimeJeff Level 4 Level 4 (3,390 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 6:11 PM (in response to Malich85)

    You can rebuild the mirror.. it should have been done from the RAID set.


    Its possible to demote the RAID, the active drive becomes a stand alone drive, then you can create a new RAID set based on that drive and then add the other drive.. must be done from terminal.

    If you haven't been down this road before- then may be better to clone to external, remirror the drive pair, then clone from external to raid.


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