I'm facing difficulties in regards to some disk issues if you guys can help me. I am using Windows Server 2003 for my File Server. For the past few days in Disk Management the status of two of my (Software RAID 5) disks are marked as "Fails Redundancy" but the disks are still working properly. I'm afraid of losing my data. What do you think I should do?
I'm afraid of losing my DATA
Anothernon-backup guy bytes the dust? Sorry, you deserver that. MAKE BACKUPS.
the status of two disks which are RAID 5 is (Fails Redundancy) but still the disks are working properly
Funny. Could be part of the disc being bad? Not really heard of that. You already did order the replacement discs? Start regenerating the array. Expect data loss without backup. Start doing backups.
I'm guessing you have a 3 drive array and one drive has gone which hopefully should leave all your data intact, but your server is reporting you no longer have any redundnacy - i.e. if another drive has a problem, all your data is toast.
Backup all your data as advised by TomTom at the earliest possible opportunity - raid 5 can give problems when rebuilding - I have a test server at home and thought I would borrow a drive for use elsewhere - when I rebuilt the array, pretty much everything was there except I could no longer use that installation of windows. I considered myself lucky to just lose windows rather than my data - raid is no replacement for backups.