My office's server has failed recently after a power outage (we have no UPS).
It turned out that it will not even boot into Windows (not even safe mode). The server was running in RAID 1 consisting a pair of mirrored WD 1TB drives.
During boot, the Raid controller (comes with ASUS mobo) displayed that the array is degraded, so I thought something went wrong with one or more disks. I pressed control + i to go into the Raid Controller configurations, and see that the controller recognized that the array is degraded. It suggested to label it as REBUILD, and says that the rebuild process will happen within the OS.
Upon exiting, the machine attempted to boot into Windows and I am assuming that is to rebuild the raid 1 array. However as I pointed out earlier, Windows will not boot.
I have tried inserting the Windows installation disc and tried the recovery options. It was able to recognize the Windows installation, however it won't even run memtest.
- How do I rebuild the array in this situation?
- What may have caused Windows to be unbootable? (BIOS recognizes both drives)
Power outage happens all the time, I have had my home PC shut down due to sudden power loss a few dozen times and I have had no problems with it. It seems like my office's server hardisks are in seriously bad shapes due to just one power outage, which I can only say bad luck. However, am I missing something here? Is it only a software configuration issue? Most Raid 1 settings will revert to the working physical drive if one goes out, and will be rebuilt automatically. Does my situation indicate that both drives are damaged?
I hope someone can help me find the root cause and a potential solution to this, your help and time are much appreciated, thank you.