My HP mediasmart (first gen) server no longer starts up on a reboot. The power light is blue, the network light is blue, but the drive lights are off on the server (but on on the attached eSata drive tower). I've searched the other threads, and I've seen similar issues related to either the network or .dlls in use, but people seemed to be able to access the network shares or remote into the server, I can do neither, and I can't use the console either. If I missed something and there's a thread for this, please point me in that direction.
My suspicion is that this has something to do with storage balancing (related to a hardware problem on one or more drives). For some time, I had been getting intermittent errors with some drives (I believe on the attached tower) and some file conflict errors, which I had believe were either resolved or due to other factors (iTunes monitoring left on, etc). Finally, the server started to reboot itself intermittently with no error messages. I was able to stabilize it but turning everything off, starting it up without the attached tower on, and then turning on the tower. I then deleted about 200GB worth of files to get to about 10% total storage free (thinking that perhaps the issue was that there was only 2% free). That seemed to work for a while, but the reboots started again, still with no errors. I am able occasionally to get it to boot up for about 5 minutes (before another reboot) by turning everything off and back on, I get no error messages, and I believe (but I can't be sure) that it reboots when it tries to access the attached tower to do the storage balancing. I've left it on now for 24hours with the blinking light, hoping it was doing something (chkdsk?), but nothing.
Incidentally, I used to have backup problems with this server, in that backing up PCs on the network didn't work great, and never overwrote themselves, ending up in 100s of GB of backups on the server. Eventually I turned off backups and manually deleted the backup files from the server, and everything seemed to be fine, this was months ago however. I have gotten some very intermittent errors ( 2 or 3 in the last few months) saying that the backup service wasn't working, but a reboot would solve those. Don't know if this is related.
Can anyone help with either this issue, or how I could try turning off storage balancing to see if that's the issue, or some sort of health check on the disks?
I'm hoping that I can get it stable enough to externally backup the server (1.8 TB of data, fully redundant at the moment), but it doesn't look like I can. I figure that I'm going to have to do a server reinstall, and check all of the disks individually eventually, but I don't want to lose data.
WHS pp2, disk management add on, control panel add on, fireplay server add on, media manager add on (only the disk managment add on was added recently, but after the problems started)
First gen HP mediasmart server with 2GB Ram upgrade
4 seagate 500GB drives in the server
4 seagate drives in the attached CFI eSata tower (2x 500GB, 2x 750GB)
Thanks for any help you might be able to provide!