Read errors on SAS card


simse

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Hello everyone,

 

I have a SAS controller card flashed to IT mode, I am not 100% sure which card it is, but it was recommended on the Unraid Wiki, and believe it's an IBM ServeRaid. It's been working great for about two years, but a week ago, the 2 drives that are connected to it are throwing read errors. They are very few, and the array seems to be running just fine.

 

I would like to know, if anyone could suggest what might be wrong, or things I should check. I've already ordered a new card and a new SAS to SATA splitter cable. Could it be a software issue? Could it be a power issue? Could it be a firmware issue? Could it be a temperature issue?

 

I hope the fantastic community here at Unraid, can help me out.

 

Cheers! 

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Thank you for getting back to me. Both SMART tests passed and both disks also bassed a 24 hour badblocks run on initial install. I'm still 99% certain the problem is the SAS card or cable and NOT the drives.

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I HIGHLY doubt it's the hard drives failing. One is older than the other, and they both report the same type of UNC error at the EXACT same time. This would point to an error with SAS controller or something else.

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1 hour ago, simse said:

both report the same type of UNC error at the EXACT same time

Don't know where you are seeing this, errors were at different times and very different sectors, hence very unlikely it's a controller problem, also UNC @ LBA errors are media errors, not communication errors.
 

Apr 23 01:02:23 Proton kernel: sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] tag#0 UNKNOWN(0x2003) Result: hostbyte=0x00 driverbyte=0x08
Apr 23 01:02:23 Proton kernel: sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] tag#0 Sense Key : 0x3 [current] [descriptor]
Apr 23 01:02:23 Proton kernel: sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] tag#0 ASC=0x11 ASCQ=0x0
Apr 23 01:02:23 Proton kernel: sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] tag#0 CDB: opcode=0x88 88 00 00 00 00 01 80 2c 79 68 00 00 00 18 00 00
Apr 23 01:02:23 Proton kernel: print_req_error: critical medium error, dev sdb, sector 6445365608
Apr 23 01:02:23 Proton kernel: md: disk8 read error, sector=6445365544

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Apr 23 02:03:44 Proton kernel: sd 9:0:1:0: [sdc] tag#1 UNKNOWN(0x2003) Result: hostbyte=0x00 driverbyte=0x08
Apr 23 02:03:44 Proton kernel: sd 9:0:1:0: [sdc] tag#1 Sense Key : 0x3 [current]
Apr 23 02:03:44 Proton kernel: sd 9:0:1:0: [sdc] tag#1 ASC=0x11 ASCQ=0x0
Apr 23 02:03:44 Proton kernel: sd 9:0:1:0: [sdc] tag#1 CDB: opcode=0x88 88 00 00 00 00 00 02 31 4e 90 00 00 04 00 00 00
Apr 23 02:03:44 Proton kernel: print_req_error: critical medium error, dev sdc, sector 36785808
Apr 23 02:03:44 Proton kernel: md: disk1 read error, sector=36785744

When there's a problem with an LSI controller usually it's logged like this:

Sep 21 09:12:44 Tower kernel: mpt2sas_cm0: SAS host is non-operational !!!!

And after this there can also be simultaneous errors in multiple disks at the same sector.

 

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Brilliant point. But then, I'm curious; I've had 8 drives connect to main SATA controller for 5 years, and not a single drive has failed. 

 

IF these two WD Red drives connected to LSI controller are indeed failing, that would mean a 100% failure rate (I've had 3 Seagate drives completely fail as well) when connected to the LSI controller. Am I the unluckiest server owner or is there something else? That's all I'm trying to find out. 

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