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Re-using RAID disks

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by nugget, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    I was just wondering if anyone had re-used any old disks from a RAID set after they had shown an error and should be replaced?

    The situation is at the moment that I have in my desktop system a RAID 1 setup in which 1 disk has shown an error and so the RAID is degraded. Seeing as onboard RAID setups on desktop systems are quite unreliable, I'm just considering to kill the RAID, reformat the disks and set it up again hence the question above.

    Would this be okay or are the onboard RAID controllers more reliable than I think and the disk really has a problem?
     
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  2. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    you could run chkdsk /r or better still *spinrite*

    http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm

    Spinrite gives a LOT of useful feedback to the condition of the drive.
     
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  3. SimonD

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    I was going to suggest a SMART reader.
    IMHO once a disk shows degraded I wouldn't trust it again until I had done some more checks (and even with desktop\on board RAID).
     
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  4. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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    Yup !

    What he said :D
     
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  5. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    Thanks for the reminder guys. I'll have to dig mine out from somewhere. Shame it hasn't been updated since 2004 though.
     
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