Will ask here too since newsgroups are pretty much dead nowdays..
Its not completing a resync because of errors on the drives, there are 2 that are not working too good. It will come up and the stuff is accessable, and what I have looked at before the resync barfed is fine.
But I need to get the stuff onto a new array. It is 6 200 gig drives, raid 5 for about 980 gigs of usable space, and pretty full.
Anyway. If I was to identify the 2 dodgey drives, would I be able to clone them onto a new 1tb drive (using DD I guess) and will windows be smart enough to resync them, that is, will everything needed for it to recognize that the drives are the same be copied, or does it use something with the model and serial of the drive to ID it too?
Secondly, once clones to the new drives, there will be about 800 gigs on each unused. Can I put a new stripeset there and copy from the raid-5 into that stripe set so I can then delete the raid and expand the stripe set to the full 1tb of space on the 2 drives? - The idea of finding some spare 200 or 250 gig drives for the short time needed isn't very enticing.
The other option is I get a couple of laptop 250s since they seem to be reasonable value and I would have a use for them after the move to a new raid.
And another thing, how do I set it up to email me when a drive goes offline?