My RAID Failed

Graham-Elliot Steinhoff 07-17-2014_6554Things were starting to come together for my trip back home. I wrapped up the final revision of the Smelterville book, got a haircut, the van got an oil change and new rear shocks, we went out to say goodbye to Grandsons Graham and Elliot, and I made a lot of progress pulling together a video this morning. I even worked in a well-deserved nap after all that activity.

Then, I looked down at the corner of my computer screen and saw an unusual scary-looking alert message. I think this email to Computer Geek Sons Matt and Adam will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about my travails. Bottom Line: I’m out of business until the Geeks parachute in.


Computert guts 07-18-2014_6567Got an alert this afternoon that my RAID 1 array had gone critical. That’s my boot drive.

I confirmed that my overnight backup had run and copied a few files I knew had changed over to the Drobo. Then I created an Acronis boot disk.

I loaded up the AMD RAID utility and confirmed that it WAS RAID 1 that was sick. My RAID 5 data drives were fine.

I went to Best Buy and picked up a new drive, just in case.

I told the utility to rebuild the mirror. It would crank awhile, then the computer would reboot.

I pulled what I thought was the drive attached to Port 2, which I thought was the bad drive, then I booted up the computer. It booted fine (much faster than usual, in fact).

There’s no joy in Steinhoffville

I went into the utility and confirmed that the drive in Port 2 was gone.

I put the new drive in, and got an error message telling me to tell it where it should boot from.

I tried Ctrl-F, Esc and F8 to get to a window that would let me do that, but no joy.

I pulled the new drive. Same result. I put the old drive back in. Same result.

I put the Acronis boot disk in the drive. It booted up with a bunch of data dumps and got me to a screen asking if I wanted to recover my computer. Rather than take a chance on screwing something up, I turned off the machine and typed this message.

Matt is getting up a 4 a.m. to ride 130 miles, so I don’t think he’s going to be of much help on Saturday. I’m getting ready to leave town, so I need to get fixed as quickly as possible. Am I overlooking something simple?

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8 Replies to “My RAID Failed”

  1. These are two of the most beautiful children I have ever seen! Sorry about you computer problems.

  2. I have to agree the boys are adorable.
    AS far as the computer I can offer no help. All I have to do is look at mine and it starts acting up. May I adopt Matt? I could sure use him at times.

  3. Don and I have a rule of thumb that if he can’t solve my computer problems in 30 minutes without my breaking into tears of frustration, I call the Geek Squad. They are paid to fix my problems no matter how inadequate I am! LOL! If I had your adorable three grandchildren, I am not sure I would ever turn on my computer. They are all so darn cute!

  4. Ken, you have 2 of the most adorable looking grandbabies! Do you rent them out to people that don’t have little ones any more??? You need to think about it cause I know you would make a lot of money … AND … with all that new found money you could buy yourself all sorts of new computer stuff!!! 🙂 Since I retired I don’t have an IP person to call up and say HELP! Now all I do is, swear a lot, cry a lot and then turn off my computer!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I hadn’t thought about renting out cuteness, but that’s a good idea. I’d better hurry, though, because cuteness leaks out at an early age, I think.

      Kid Matt has my machine right now. He whipped it with a miracle stick, and claims that it’ll be good to go after all my data is restored from backups. (Unfortunately, the estimate of that happening was 1 Day and 14 hours. I have a LOT of data.)

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