I'm gonna bang this drum louder tonight.
Don't expect drives to last forever and back the damn things up ESPECIALLY critical data.
New client tonight - pro user - usually have backup - LacIe 320 array failed......yeah Maxtor drives no cooling fan -. Internal drive failure so here's what he's facing.
$1000 emergency evaluation and $4-10,000 in recovery costs.
ANYONE in critical data situations has to have a plan to rotate any drives older than 2 years to non critical service and have their techs surface scan and check the drives on a regulary basis......a failure is just too expensive.
This guy is in a bind - project due Monday.
Now the ONLY small silver lining is the second matching LacIe array he brought out for parts swap if we needed it ( no joy ) - the same drive in the same rear bay location is showing some evidence of head mechanism failure - same CLUNK on spin down but this one still functions.
He ALSO once he spoke to me thinks another of his same drive is also making noise.
Now with the thick aluminum case it's hard to hear this in a pro environment but when you take the case off it's very obvious and you'd immediately be alerted to potential trouble brewing.
If you are in a Pro environment and have drives more than a year old that have not been evaluated lately take the time to have a good listen on boot up and shut down.
Also do a surface scan on them for bad blocks.
Arrays are notorious because they run hot and if one drive fails it's a huge hassle to recover.
It's really important that media drives external and internal be fully backed up as much as possible to limit risk as the potential costs are so high.- far more than doubling the entre drive stable.
This case - the normal backup server was having problems and Murphy struck.
I HATE being the bearer of bad tidings to clients like this
Maybe this note will prevent even ONE similar mishap.
On a Murphy note - my normally rock solid boot drive had a hiccup ( not hardware as it turned out ) while I was in Africa. Staff just booted off the backup and carried on. Murphy KNOWS when you can least afford a problem
Gremlins never sleep...