This might sound stupid, but I'm supposed to ask any question here, as long as it is related.
So here. I have RAID 1 on the server that is officially soon to be dead. After a chkdsk, the files are corrupting on a more regular basis, and things are looking pretty apocalyptic from my terrified pessimistic oh-my-god-we're-all-gonna-die standpoint.
I'm unable to read files on the server, notably everything that was done this morning by a coworker was lost.
Okay, context apart, I want to see if the alternate drive is working any better than the master one, so here are my questions:
How do I know which one is the master, and which one is the slave, how do I determine which one is faulty?
When that is determined, what do I do? Can I just pull the other drive away? I tried doing so (taking appropriate precautions as to not kill any other hardware), but I got a "broken raid detected, enter setup?" message at boot.
Do I need to insert another drive before I can get the data?
Is trying to boot using a live ubuntu disk a good way to try to save some data?
I'm trying my best not to panic, here, but when my boss finally understood what I meant by "We're going to be in deep shit real soon", it was already close to the expected depht, and "soon" was less than a week's time apart from that moment. Oy vey...
UPDATED: I tried the SeaTools, as suggested below, and both drives failed the long generic test. On a scale from one to infinity, how much poop am I exactly into now?
Say I really, REALLY need to have the data back, how much money will my boss have to give away to do so? Is it even possible? I mean, I stopped believing in Santa a while back...