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Thursday, June 28, 2012, 15:09

How do I rebuild the disk array on legacy PerfectMail hardware?

Category: General

Solution ID: 00000129

Summary:

I'm using legacy PerfectMail hardware (L1200, M2000, etc.) and my 3ware hardware based disk array is degraded. How do I rebuild or repair the array?

Answer:

If your 3ware disk array is degraded you can rebuild/replace disks using the following procedure.

These instructions are based on the3ware 8006-2 entry level (2 port) SATA RAID card. This card can rebuild disk arrays after a failed drive has been replaced. Consider these instructions to be *general* in nature, as this is legacy hardware and is no longer actively supported. If the process fails you will have to build a new disk array and restore the PerfectMail configuration from your backups. Proceed carefully.

To replace a disk and rebuild the array, do the following:

  1. Backup your PerfectMail configuration using "Server Admin=>Backup"
  2. Verify the which disk has failed
  3. Replace the disk with a new disk that is *bigger* than the original disk
  4. Power on the machine and hit Alt-3 to go into the RAID card BIOS
  5. Maintain the array
  6. Select Rebuild (your new disk should show us as available)
  7. Exit the RAID configuration utility
  8. Boot the machine as normal

The RAID array will build in the background.


Tags: perfectmail, legacy hardware, 3ware, rebuild, disk controller, failed disk

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Link to this article: http://perfectmail.com/kb/rebuild_hardware_disk_array

Updated: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 15:09

-- Larry Karnis

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