short RAID story

those of you frequently visiting my home site noticed that it wasn’t available for some time. unfortunately, that’s because of interesting RAID 5 failure in my server that hosts also my web page. FreeBSD relentlessly tried to serve web traffic from filesystem that was failing apart because of hardware problems, but then, 30 minutes after first failure, second hard disk failed in the same array! temperature was finely tuned, but it seems that after 5 years of continous work they had to fail. if anyone’s interested those were identical Seagate HDDs.

thankfully, recovering data from them took only three days because who would be doing backups outside of physical server? ;) if you’re looking for photo from movie ‘unthinkable’, where FBI agent is disarming atomic bomb by randomly typing characters into Excel sheets…. photo is still available!

disarming atomic bomb by Excel