So it's been a long couple of nights as I try to get down to the bottom of this one with not a great amount of payoff, so I thought I would solicit the community for some suggestions.
The other night while taking a look at my movies I noticed that some that existed in my personal home were not showing up on my list, even though I was using that user. I have no idea how long this has been going on for, but there it was. I decided it would just be quicker to move those files over to the public repository. Suddenly I have no videos.
Not a problem, I decide I'll restart the server and they should be back. It wouldn't reload however, got stuck on one of the startup scripts. I wish I could remember, but something along the lines of serial I think (In relation to SATA drives?)
Anyway, I figured what the heck, let's try a reinstall, I slipped in the DVD and booted off of it. It found the current install, asked me if I would like to keep the home directory. I said yes. Then it stops. I saw on the screen say "Error: no hard drive found" and then finally "find: ./var not found". It stops there.
So now I'm left with nothing. I tried a couple more times with the same results. Sometimes it would stop on "Error: no hard drives found' and halt, sometimes it would get to the next stage.
So at this point I'm not sure if I have a hard drive failure (both of them?), motherboard, or something else.
I updated the BIOS, no change
I plugged each of the drives into an external adapter and hooked them up to ubuntu on my laptop. They read, everything is still there. So hard drive failure is out thankfully.
I plugged them back into the server, ran ubuntu off the DVD and checked for drives, nothing there.
So I've got a couple of ideas for when I get back tonight including plugging the external drive into the server and see what happens, but for the moment, though I would like to move things off this drive, I don't have anything large enough to move them too.
So I'm reaching out. Any other ideas from everyone here. I didn't see this issue around anywhere.
As stated above, I'm running an Abit IP35 Pro motherboard and a couple of WD 55GB sata drives.