The drive still shows up as a 160gig drive in the bios and several of the partition tools. It does not show up as a NTFS partition. Something weird that I didn't write down as I was in a rush... something like QXD? I can doublecheck.
Just curious, does the hard drive still show up as a 160 GB drive? If you go in to FDisk does show your partition?
When I boot using the windows 2000 server disk and go to the recovery console... it drops me at a prompt. It can't display the directory structure. Again, another weird error that I didn't write down as I was in a rush. I'll go back and get that info though.
I have a backup and just used that as a place to download and then archived to other drives.
Originally posted here by morganlefay
cause I have had that happen...where the drive\partition just died. NT 4 server SBS 4.5..and couldnt recover the drive at all....thank god for a mirror and backups :)
No slowdowns or errors. I check the logs on a regualar basis and I have SNMP running and reporting using solarwinds engineer edition.
No warnings or issues...like slowdowns? read write errors? IO errors?
Could be... but none of the hard disk utilities show anything wrong with the drive itself, just the partition.
is it just defective...we had 2 new maxtors fail within one year?
I can access the other drives from bootdisks... not from the defective drive itself.
It is strange that you can access the other partition...so maybe the drive isnt defective??
Don't think so either, because I can access the other drives fine.
Not the controller...
I've taken the drive out and connected it to another box using different cables, and still can't access it. So, that tells me the cable is fine.
bad cable connection
I have 2 surge protectors and a backup battery... so I don't think so. Unless the spike happened from within the PC... but that would affect more than one device? The tower and PSU is new too... only 3 months old. It is an antec case and PSU which get really good ratings.
It is a 160gb drive before formatting. I only had about 30gigs worth of data on there at the time of failure.
Could it have filled up???
I suppose this is possible... but I was remotely connected to it and didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. Everything was working properly as far as I know. I can't get to the system logs to find out and I didn't log that to a syslog server... actaully.. that was also my syslog server for other network devices... But... if that were the case, I should still be able to access the partition from a boot cd using a ramdisk and access/delete files?
Rogue process gone array I have seen a wins database corruption
where it created hundreds of log files....and the system drive was filling up fast?
I do manual backups and no backup software is used. I just store everything on external usb drives.
Maybe a temp directory that is used by the backup...never cleared itself?
Indexing service was running. The install was only about 3 months old. I had gotten new hardware and was getting all kinds of errors and had to reinstall.
And I have seen an index in an old database corrupt and start growing....
I suspect that I'll never figure this problem out either. I don't have the resources to run a hardware raid... its just a home server... however I do use it for a lot. domain controller, syslog server, dns server, wus server, file server, etc. I know its not good to run all those services on one server but it is only for a couple of boxes.
I never did find out what caused the crash...now I run hardware raid.. on that machine
Thanks for the thoughts/suggestions. I'm going to play more tonight. I had class yesterday night and had very little time to play with it. I'm going to see if I can dig up any more info. There are tons of tools on that CD I have an I only used about 5 of them.
http://22.214.171.124/hiren.thanki/bootcd.html (Not really legal...)