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Identify which drives belong to a specific RAID Group

Dannyrichards
Occasional Visitor

Identify which drives belong to a specific RAID Group

A total of 32 drives were removed from x4 decommissioned HP DL380 G6 servers (eight per server).
The setup of the eight drives per host was into two RAID Groups:

RAID 1 = SLOT 1, 2 = ESXi OS

RAID 5 = SLOT 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 = VMFS Vol (hosting virtual machines)

 

Unfortunately there is some data that was not backed up prior to the removal of the drives, and now they are all in a pile mixed up.

 

What is the best way to put these drive back into the hosts without damaging the RAID groups the disks belong to?

Is there a tool that can be used to ready the RAID membership identifier on each drive? Not sure if ACU supports this!

 

TIA Danny

3 REPLIES
Dennis Handly
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Identify which drives belong to a specific RAID Group

What SA controller did you have in your 4 servers?

Dannyrichards
Occasional Visitor

Re: Identify which drives belong to a specific RAID Group

Hi Dennis,

 

I generalised a little, the disks were pulled from the hosts by a junior chap, who just piled them up in a box. 
The tin: two of MSA50; DL 380 G5; DL380 G6; DL 580 G5

 

So unfortunately all varying diferent controllers.

 

Am I doomed?

 

TIA

 

Dennis Handly
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Identify which drives belong to a specific RAID Group

>unfortunately all varying diferent controllers.

 

I thought that if others knew what they were, they could better help you.