The day one of your hard drives (NOT the Spare) that are members of your array fails, here's what will happen.
To simulate a failure of our hard drive which was connected with cable n ° 0, we unplugged it.
When your computer / server starts up, the "Drive Improperly Connected" status will be displayed for the affected array and this message will be displayed :
Press <Ctrl><H> to change LD(s) of LOOSE CABLE state to DEGRADED state.
If you go into the configuration tool (ACU) of your Microsemi Adaptec SmartRAID controller, you will be able to see the new status of your logical drive by going to : Array Configuration -> Manage Arrays -> [Array name] -> [Logical Drive name].
As expected, the displayed status is "Drive Improperly Connected". This means that at least 1 physical disk in the affected array has failed and this logical drive is not available at this time.
In order for this logical drive to be available, you must press the "CTRL + H" keys as requested when starting your computer / server.
By pressing these keys, this message will appear :
LD(s) of LOOSE CABLE state will be changed to DEGRADED State
However, the displayed status will always be "Drive Improperly Connected" this time.
On the next restart, since there is at least 1 Spare available for the affected cluster, the array status will change to : Rebuilding.
Note that you can also see it directly by entering the configuration tool of your Microsemi Adaptec controller by then pressing the "CTRL + A" keys (on a QWERTY keyboard) or "CTRL + Q" (on an AZERTY keyboard) .
Go to "Array Configuration -> Manage Arrays -> [Array name] -> [Logical Drive name]" and you will see that the status has changed to : Rebuilding (0%).
If you display the members for this logical drive by pressing the "CTRL + D" keys, you will find :
If you display the Spares assigned to the array concerned by this logical drive, you will see that the reconstruction (Rebuild) of the missing (failed) physical drive is carried out automatically on one of these Spares.
In our case, you can see that the Spare is connected to location : CN4:01:03.
Then, you can also go to : Disk Utilities.
In the list that appears, you will see that :
Select the disk serving as Spare, press Enter, then select "Device Information" and press Enter again.
As you can see, this physical disk serving as Spare is well associated with our "Array-A" array.
In the event of a failure or predicted failure (depending on the activation mode you have configured on your controller, see step 3 or 4 of the tutorial), the Spare you configured previously is used to rebuild the missing (failed) hard drive.
If you select your controller in maxView Storage Manager, you will see that you have :
If you look in the "Resources" tab of your Microsemi Adaptec controller, you will see that :
If you select the 1st physical disk, you will see that :
If you select the 4th physical disk, you will see that :
If you select the logical drive affected by the failure of your physical drive, you will see that it's being rebuilt (Status : Rebuilding) and you can see the progress of this rebuild from the right column (Progress Task - Rebuild).
You will also see that the rebuilding of the failed physical disk is performed on the Spare.
Your physical disk configured as Spare therefore appears for the moment in the list of Spares (Hot Spare Drives), as well as in the list of Members (Member Devices).
If you select the array affected by this failure, you will see that :
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