A friend has a dell 4550 http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...cs.htm#1101572
with Opensuse 11 on it. It has 4 drives, one to boot, three 160 Gig for the RAID 5 array.
After hooking up a monitor (VNC does not work at that stage) I can read the following error message:
I am searching and reading for the past days and find no solution for this. Right now I am making a 1:1 backup of the drives before I go on fiddeling with them.
I tried forcing the array (also with that "echo" thingi), dis- and reattaching the drives (both hardware and software), but all has failed thus far.
the system responds with some messages, but searching those yielded no practical info:
"bitmap file is out of date" (151/150)
"mdadm: device /dev/sdb not suitable for any style of array"
It seems that all drives are OK hardwarewise.
During my research many answers were on this site, and I am amazed by the helpfulness of the "elders" here.
I am totally new to Linux unfortunately, but try to learn this amazing OS.
So I registered and here it comes:
1) when the (failed) boot process stops (with the "repair filesystem" message) some lines had indicated some "failed" but they pass very fast and I cannot scroll back to see what they say. How can I see what was going on? I tried Ctrl-S etc. during the boot process to pause the messages in vain.
2) has anybody come across those "bitmap file is out of date" and "mdadm: device /dev/sdb not suitable for any style of array"?
3) what is the correlation of sdb to the actual IDE port? I have sda...sdd. Is sda the primary master and sdb the primary slave? I.e. which drive is sdb with a 2 port IDE configuration?
4) some places I read that booting with Knoppix might help recovering the data on the RAID5, is that true? (I am d/l Knoppx right now)
Please, if you are kind enough to help, give me instructions on what I should type. I tried "Dir" and "type" in the beginning (I know I know (NOW)
), just so you know what my knowledge level with Linux is...
Consider me as your extended fingers and eyes.
Thank you very much.