3 Random states of my RAID tower after boot

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3 Random states of my RAID tower after boot

Post by CSharpner » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:36 pm

When I boot into Linux, my external SATA RAID tower randomly comes up in 1 of 3 states:

1. Not seen by the OS at all. (About 60%-ish of the time).
2. Seen and mounted, but can't write to it. (about 40%-sh of the time)
3. Seen, mounted, and writable (about 5% of the time, and is, of course, the preferable state! ;).

The drive works 100% of the time when I boot up to Windows. I've been using it for about 3 years. I have 2 SSDs for dual boot... one with Windows, one with Linux Mint 19, plus this external 12TB SATA RAID drive, which is my data drive.

I recently switched to Linux about 3 weeks ago. When I first set it up, I had no trouble with my RAID tower, aside from the fact it was not writable. I presumed it was because it was NTFS + was encrypted with VeraCrypt (per responses of others online with similar problems), so I booted up to Windows and decrypted the drive, which took EIGHT DAYS (it's a 12TB array)).

When it finally completed decryption, I booted to Linux and it was STILL read only! After a few boots, it was writable. But every time I reboot, it's a crap shoot to which of the 3 states above that I'll get. Last night I could not get it writable. Tonight, I've spent 2 more hours of rebooting and changing boot orders in the BIOS to to avail. I randomly get either no RAID drive at all or it's there, but read only.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! Aside from this one BIG issue, I'm ecstatic about how well Linux has been. I don't want to use Windows just so I can use my drive.

I'm guessing reformatting it to ext4 would probably yield better results, but I'm unaware of a way to change to format without losing everything on it and I don't have the funds and won't for a while for another 12TB to back it up.

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System:    Host: Linux Kernel: 4.15.0-43-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.3.0
           Desktop: MATE 1.20.1 (Gtk 3.22.30-1ubuntu1)
           Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara
Machine:   Device: desktop System: Gigabyte product: Z97-HD3 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Gigabyte model: Z97-HD3 v: x.x serial: N/A
           BIOS: American Megatrends v: F7 date: 12/08/2014
Battery    hidpp__0: charge: N/A condition: NA/NA Wh
           model: Logitech Performance MX status: Discharging
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i5-4690K (-MCP-) 
           arch: Haswell rev.3 cache: 6144 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 28000
           clock speeds: max: 3900 MHz 1: 1541 MHz 2: 1245 MHz 3: 1165 MHz
           4: 1223 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GP104 [GeForce GTX 1070] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: nvidia (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa,nouveau)
           Resolution: 3840x2160@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 1070/PCIe/SSE2
           version: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 390.87 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Intel 9 Series Family HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-2 NVIDIA GP104 High Def. Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-43-generic
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: d000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 21476.1GB (81.0% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: H/W_RAID5 size: 12002.2GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: PNY_CS900_960GB size: 960.2GB
           ID-3: /dev/sdc model: TOSHIBA_THNSNJ25 size: 256.1GB
           ID-4: /dev/sdd model: TOSHIBA_THNSNJ25 size: 256.1GB
           ID-5: USB /dev/sde model: My_Book_25EE size: 8001.6GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 880G used: 256G (31%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8C mobo: 27.8C gpu: 0.0:40C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 259 Uptime: 11 min Memory: 2285.2/15941.3MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.3.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.191) inxi: 2.3.56 
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