The 160GB 7200RPM Hitatchi Deskstar IDE hard drive I’ve been using in my server for the past five years has failed. This is the second drive failure this server has had. The first indication of trouble was my mom wondering why she had read-only access to the Samba shares on the server. The second indication of trouble was my mom’s machine refusing to log in since the profile was located on one of those Samba shares. The third indication of trouble was the HDD activity light lit steady on the server. I really wish I had a hotswap canister so I could identify a failed drive more easily.
Powering on the console monitor confirmed that /dev/hdc was no more – a million I/O errors told me that. Things were slow as molasses but I knew that’s because it was still trying to swap to that drive since swap is outside of RAID. After a swapoff /dev/hdc1 and a restart of Samba, vsftpd, sendmail, spamd, dovecot, and innd, I was back in business. The nice part is that mysqld and httpd never even blinked. The array is coping with the loss just fine:
I don’t know if I have a spare 160GB IDE drive available. I’ve got stacks of brand new 160GB SATA drives. I plan on looking for a suitable drive tomorrow and if I can’t find it, I’ll order it from TigerDirect. If I have a suitable drive, I will install it during Sunday evening’s scheduled downtime. If not, then I’ll postpone the downtime until the new drive gets here.