2018-03-17 02:09:47 UTC
Windows 7, sp1, x64
Wednesday was a fun day. Well, sort of…
A customer with RSTe RAID1 pair had one of the drives completely
fail. They were Intel SSDs. Quelle surprise! And yes they
were the ones Intel Tech support told me to use.
Now ordinarily, this is a pretty easy fix. You power down, remove
the replace the bad hard drive (Samsung this time), power back up
and use the Intel RST software utility to rebuild to a new drive.
Done it several times. It is usually boring.
NOT THIS TIME. The rebuild ran for about two minutes and them
the computer rebooted and Windows told me I could only boot into
Safe Mode. Okay, so I booted into safe mode, set up a
`chkdsk c: /f` and rebooted. This time Windows booted up okay.
Rise, later, repeat! AAAAAHHHHHH.
Now no drives register in the second slot. Hmmm. I knocked
off a power connector. Sheez.
Okay, so I rebooted, when into RSTe BIOS and broke the RAID
container. Now I am booting up as a single drive.
So, if the RSTe software did not work, I used the Samsung Data
Migration utility (doesn’t work on RAID pairs). I ran for about
6% and froze. What the hell???? Rebooted and tried again.
Same result. This is the FIRST time this utility has failed.
It is usually totally boring to run.
So, not to be defeated, I boot into Clone Zilla. I starts to clone
and Clone Zilla blows a cork on me. This time it tells me what
is wrong. Tons of bad sectors. Intel strikes again!!!!
Okay, so I rerun the clone and go into “Expert” mode and select
“rescue” (got to LOVE Clone Zilla). Rescue mode just skips over
the bad spots. This time I get a successful clone. I run gparted
from Fedora Xfce Live and expand the partition. And Windows likes
it too after a forced chkdsk. (Clone Zilla deliberately throws
the NTFS dirty flag).
So, I go into the BIOS RSTe and set up the RAID1 container. Ooops,
I forgot the stinking utility does not do the copy existing drive.
It should, but doesn’t get me started. Bad word. Bad word. Bad
So, I had to clone everything over again. This time I use the
Windows RSTe utility to create the container.
And, FINALLY, everything is working again. I arrived at 15:39 and
left at 23:38.
That was my Wednesday. How was yours?