Reactivating and resynching windows software RAID-5
I just created a new software RAID-5 volume in the disk manager, but before it was done with the initial resynch, I had to reboot. When the server came back online, the status was "resynching," so I assumed that everything was going well, and if I watched it long enough that the percent completed would appear there, too. I left it overnight and it still just says "resynching." I discovered that "Reactivate volume" was a valid option in the context menu, so I tried that, and the cursor flashed a few times and "4%" briefly flashed in the status field before disappearing. It still just says "resynching," and "reactivate volume" is still valid in the context menu. I'm not sure what's going on, and there doesn't seem to be anything in the system event log.
June 10th, 2010 3:37pm

Sounds like a hardware issue. I would recommend contacting your hardware vendor. Also, keep in mind that initial sync can take some time. Santhosh Sivarajan | MCTS, MCSE (W2K3/W2K/NT4), MCSA (W2K3/W2K/MSG), CCNA, Network+ Houston, TX http://blogs.sivarajan.com/ http://publications.sivarajan.com/ This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
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June 10th, 2010 9:40pm

Firstly, if it's a hardware issue, then wouldn't there be something in the event log? When a disk fails, or a controller stops responding, there is definitely an event. There is no warning icon next to any of the drives indicating a bad block or anything like that. Secondly, there is no hardware vendor to contact because I built this server. The drives all test OK, and the controller tests OK, so contacting those vendors won't get me anywhere. Yes, I know the initial sync can take a long time, but as soon as the OS is able to reasonably estimate how long it will take, it posts a % completion in the status field. After being left along for 14 hours, it did not post a % completion.
June 10th, 2010 10:51pm

Software Raid or hardware Raid? If hardware Raid, you should contact the Raid Controller vendor for assistance.
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June 11th, 2010 5:25am

If it is a hardware based RAID, you won’t see any error messages in the event log. I wasn’t talking about the server. You should contact RAID controller or hard drive manufacturer. They can provide with to some vendor specific diagnostic tools. Are you using the latest BIOS on the RAID controllers? Santhosh Sivarajan | MCTS, MCSE (W2K3/W2K/NT4), MCSA (W2K3/W2K/MSG), CCNA, Network+ Houston, TX http://blogs.sivarajan.com/ http://publications.sivarajan.com/ This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
June 11th, 2010 7:11am

It's software raid using the disk manager.
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June 11th, 2010 2:59pm

Then I could be a hard disk issue. Santhosh Sivarajan | MCTS, MCSE (W2K3/W2K/NT4), MCSA (W2K3/W2K/MSG), CCNA, Network+ Houston, TX http://blogs.sivarajan.com/ http://publications.sivarajan.com/ This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
June 11th, 2010 8:47pm

The hard disks are 100% ok in smart. They are ok in Western Digital's and IBM's diagnostic tools. They have thrown no events to the system log. How could it be a hard disk issue?
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June 11th, 2010 9:30pm

same issue here. 4 2tb harddrives in WHS 2011. Created a software RAID-5 with disk management and it just always says resynching. Have you had any issues with any files you put on the disk?
June 15th, 2011 7:48pm

Could it be that you're using consumer drives instead of enterprise drives? The lack of TLER / ERC / CCTL could be getting you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TLER
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June 24th, 2011 8:57am

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