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I had a WD 2TB drive fail in my Version 1 server. The issue is I have 5 of these same drives in my server. Is there an easy way to tell which drive has failed or do I need to pull each one and test it to figure it out? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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I had a WD 2TB drive fail in my Version 1 server. The issue is I have 5 of these same drives in my server. Is there an easy way to tell which drive has failed or do I need to pull each one and test it to figure it out? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

 

My experience has been to be absolutely sure since the console does a lousy job at telling you which physical drive, just pull one by one till you find it and then you will know for sure. Just my two cents.

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One of the SMART add-ins should show the serial number of the drive, to the best of my knwledge. Haven;t used Stable Bit but seems like I remember it showing a GUI of the drive locations.

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I agree with the use of either StableBit or Speed Fan...it will identifty the Serial number of the drive. You will then need to turn off the system and pull each drive to read the lable. This has helped me in the past and I now write down the serial numbers on the drives when I install.

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Thanks for all of the helpful tips. I will pull the drives and give Speed Fan a try. I have stable bit installed but never upgraded to the full version. I am really only running my version 1 at this point as a backup to my 2011 server and don't want to spend the $30 for the full version of stable bit scanner. I will buy the full version of stable bit scanner for my 2011 server though. Anybody else recommend any other software for testing drives? Thanks again for the help.

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SpinRite. Althought, get ready to spend $80 but I would only do this for a single drive recovery and not one from a RAID set or Drive Extender Pool.

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SpinRite. Althought, get ready to spend $80 but I would only do this for a single drive recovery and not one from a RAID set or Drive Extender Pool.

Just to let you know, I have used SpinRite very successfully many times for RAIDed drives as well as drives from my WHSv1 Pool. Since it works below the file system level I don't believe it affects RAID configs or DE pools at all.

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Not saying you cannot, just that you know that drive is dying so just replace it because the data resides in multiple places unlike a single instance drive where you only have the one copy.

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Not saying you cannot, just that you know that drive is dying so just replace it because the data resides in multiple places unlike a single instance drive where you only have the one copy.

Ah. I read it as saying that there was something inherent in RAID sets that made it unsafe to use SpinRite so I wanted to let people know that you can use it safely.

I'm also in a bit different situation I guess. I have, many, many times, replaced a 'failing' drive from a RAID set with a fresh one and then SpinRited the so-called failing drive and had it pass with flying colours. Such drives go back on my shelf of spare/swap drives for when another drive shows it's having issues. Basically, my drives become obsolete before they actually fail, with 1 or 2 exceptions over the past 15 years or so.

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