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Old 07-24-2008, 03:22 PM
"Dr. Madhurjya P. Bora"
 
Default SCSI Hard disk problem

Dear Members,

We have an old IBM x225 series server with RAID 1 controller (Ultra 320) with two 36GB hard disk installed (as RAID 1 :/dev/sda). We have now acquired two compatible SCSI hard disks from IBM each with 146GB capacity. I have just inserted the HDs into the front empty slots and configured them as /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc (no raid, just two extra disks), each having only one large partition which is intended to hold some of the user files.

I have partitioned them with fdisk and make an ext3 file system with journal. After that I copied the user data dir to the new partition with "cp -p" to preserve time-stamp and ownership and enabled quota. I then replaced the mounting label in /etc/fstab in the old disk with the new disk i.e. replacing /dev/sda2 with /dev/sdb1.

The system works fine after reboot but after some time (say a day or two) the system complains of the new hard disk (/dev/sdb1) that it contains a filesystem with errors and get it to a fsck session which spans for about an hour. After that the system runs smoothly for about a day and again the same problem occurs.

I am at my wits end as I can not see any procedural anamoly in my installation. BTW, the server runs Redhat8.0 (which came with it) and as it is just a machine containg some user files, we have not bothered replacing with a newer O/S.

Thanks in advance

--- Madhurjya

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Old 07-24-2008, 05:01 PM
 
Default SCSI Hard disk problem

>Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 08:22:30 -0700 (PDT)
>From: "Dr. Madhurjya P. Bora" <mpbora@yahoo.com>
>
>We have an old IBM x225 series server with RAID 1 controller <snip>
>The system works fine after reboot but after some time (say a day or two) the system complains of the new hard disk (/dev/sdb1) that it contains a filesystem with errors and get it to a fsck session which spans for about an hour. After that the system runs smoothly for about a day and again the same problem occurs.
<snip>
Let me recommend that you umount the drives, then do an fsck -Cc - so it looks for bad blocks on the drives. If that doesn't show anything, you might check the logs, boot, dmesg, and message, looking to see if there are any errors from the controller.

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Old 07-25-2008, 03:37 AM
"Sanjay Chakraborty"
 
Default SCSI Hard disk problem

Is new harddrive is refurbish? Did you talk to vendor? if hds are
good run hdparm to see the harddisk info. If you find no complain
partition it and install RHEL 4 or 5 to see how it behaves. Old
Redhats are buggy some time.
Does you raid controller see these new hard drives?


On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 11:22 AM, Dr. Madhurjya P. Bora
<mpbora@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Dear Members,
>
> We have an old IBM x225 series server with RAID 1 controller (Ultra 320) with two 36GB hard disk installed (as RAID 1 :/dev/sda). We have now acquired two compatible SCSI hard disks from IBM each with 146GB capacity. I have just inserted the HDs into the front empty slots and configured them as /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc (no raid, just two extra disks), each having only one large partition which is intended to hold some of the user files.
>
> I have partitioned them with fdisk and make an ext3 file system with journal. After that I copied the user data dir to the new partition with "cp -p" to preserve time-stamp and ownership and enabled quota. I then replaced the mounting label in /etc/fstab in the old disk with the new disk i.e. replacing /dev/sda2 with /dev/sdb1.
>
> The system works fine after reboot but after some time (say a day or two) the system complains of the new hard disk (/dev/sdb1) that it contains a filesystem with errors and get it to a fsck session which spans for about an hour. After that the system runs smoothly for about a day and again the same problem occurs.
>
> I am at my wits end as I can not see any procedural anamoly in my installation. BTW, the server runs Redhat8.0 (which came with it) and as it is just a machine containg some user files, we have not bothered replacing with a newer O/S.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> --- Madhurjya
>
> ______________________________________
> Physics Department, Gauhati University
> Guwahati 781014, India
> http://www.guniv.ernet.in
> ______________________________________
>
>
>
>
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:32 AM
"Dr. Madhurjya P. Bora"
 
Default SCSI Hard disk problem

Yes, we talked to the vendor (i.e. IBM reseller) and have ensured that these drives will work with the existing system.

The raid controller does see these new drives, but they are not the part of the array. There is only one array and IBM ServeRAID software that came with the machine does not have any option on it menu to include thsese new hard drives into a separate array. I guess I have to delete the old array and configure from anew.

Madhurjya

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Physics Department, Gauhati University
Guwahati 781014, India
http://www.guniv.ernet.in
______________________________________


--- On Fri, 7/25/08, Sanjay Chakraborty <sanjaychakrab@gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Sanjay Chakraborty <sanjaychakrab@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: SCSI Hard disk problem
> To: mpbora@yahoo.com, "General Red Hat Linux discussion list" <redhat-list@redhat.com>
> Date: Friday, July 25, 2008, 9:07 AM
> Is new harddrive is refurbish? Did you talk to vendor? if
> hds are
> good run hdparm to see the harddisk info. If you find no
> complain
> partition it and install RHEL 4 or 5 to see how it behaves.
> Old
> Redhats are buggy some time.
> Does you raid controller see these new hard drives?
>
>
> On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 11:22 AM, Dr. Madhurjya P. Bora
> <mpbora@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Dear Members,
> >
> > We have an old IBM x225 series server with RAID 1
> controller (Ultra 320) with two 36GB hard disk installed
> (as RAID 1 :/dev/sda). We have now acquired two compatible
> SCSI hard disks from IBM each with 146GB capacity. I have
> just inserted the HDs into the front empty slots and
> configured them as /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc (no raid, just two
> extra disks), each having only one large partition which is
> intended to hold some of the user files.
> >
> > I have partitioned them with fdisk and make an ext3
> file system with journal. After that I copied the user data
> dir to the new partition with "cp -p" to preserve
> time-stamp and ownership and enabled quota. I then replaced
> the mounting label in /etc/fstab in the old disk with the
> new disk i.e. replacing /dev/sda2 with /dev/sdb1.
> >
> > The system works fine after reboot but after some time
> (say a day or two) the system complains of the new hard disk
> (/dev/sdb1) that it contains a filesystem with errors and
> get it to a fsck session which spans for about an hour.
> After that the system runs smoothly for about a day and
> again the same problem occurs.
> >
> > I am at my wits end as I can not see any procedural
> anamoly in my installation. BTW, the server runs Redhat8.0
> (which came with it) and as it is just a machine containg
> some user files, we have not bothered replacing with a
> newer O/S.
> >
> > Thanks in advance
> >
> > --- Madhurjya
> >
> > ______________________________________
> > Physics Department, Gauhati University
> > Guwahati 781014, India
> > http://www.guniv.ernet.in
> > ______________________________________
> >
> >
> >
> >
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> Sanjay Chakraborty




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