My friend has a SuperMicro server where the RAID controller all of a sudden seems to be broken (after a shutdown, drive swap, and startup). It shows "RAID Adapter Memory Error!!! Please check the SDRAM connection." The memory is onboard, so there is nothing I can do about that apparently. I tried everything to diagnose it, unplugged drives, even removed the riser board and plugged the RAID controller straight into the main board, no luck, same error.
I tried to locate an exact same RAID controller (LSI 350-8ELP) secondhand, but seems very difficult. I will try finding another LSI RAID controller (not exactly same type) and see if that works, but before I do that, since he does not have a recent backup, I want to make an image of each of the four hdd's (that were in RAID5) separately, just to have something (that could be used by a disaster recovery service should things really turn bad).
I attached an empty drive (to store the images) to my pc, along with the first of the RAID drives. I booted with Clonezilla Live (from USB), chose "dd" as way to copy, but as soon as the cloning should actually start, it says "No input device". I tried a few Clonezilla versions including the very latest but no luck.
Then I thought, let me run Ghost32 from within Windows, and clone them that way. But Windows sees a RAID5 member drive as an unpartitioned drive, and asks me if I want MBR or GPT for that drive. I don't want anything to be written to that drive, obviously, so I pressed Cancel. But then Ghost32 also doesn't want to allow that drive to be used as a source.
Would anyone know what is the best way to make raw images of that drive? Or even better, is there a way to access the RAID5 without the RAID controller?
Thanks. Life is really tough sometimes...
PS. I found this, but the replies are not specific enough, for example don't deal with the MBR question issue for Ghost32: Cloning HDDs from a hardware RAID array?