I have a RAID 5 array using mdadm and ext4 as its filesystem. We got a strong power surge and one of the drive faulted, while another one got a bit flakky, aka "click of death".
I replaced the disks one by one, first changing the broken one, letting resync, and then the buggy one with a clean disk and another resync. I now have a full RAID 5 (3 drives + 1 parity drive) running fine.
My issue is that during those resyncs, some sectors were probably failed on the buggy drive and I now have some faulty inodes. Here is an exemple of what I get in the /var/log/messages (gentoo):
Aug 16 14:16:13 shiva kernel: EXT4-fs error (device md127): ext4_lookup: deleted inode referenced: 270795020
Most of the files works juste fine, there are only about ~12 such inodes failed like that and the files it correspond to seems to be mostly very small ones next to each other (the array is ~4TB large).
My issue now is that I want to cleanup my disk but I'm not sure how, the bootup tells me to run a fsck but I don't know what it does exactly and plenty of things I read on the web scare me a little :)
- the hardware issue is 100% resolved
- most of the filesystem works just fine, only a dozen inodes are screwed
- I want to "fix" the filesystem to get it back to normal
- I'm okay with losing the few failed files (although I would like to know which one it is if possible)
- again, the system boot/mount fine, almost every file works fine, the one that fails are always the few same
Should I be running fsck on the drive to do that ? Will I risk losing everything ?
I know the best way would be to backup and then redo, but I can't afford 3TB of backups right now after already just buying 2 new drives ... I'm trying to clean up the mess.