Read Data Recovery P.1 for more context!
Not much has happened to warrant a part 2 so let’s go
I took a break from the recovery for about a month as it was affecting my mental health and taking up unworldly amounts of time. So where am I now? To be frank still at stage one, but with a different plan.
To recap the last thing I was getting was
root@tillamook[~]# zpool import
status: The pool metadata is corrupted.
action: The pool cannot be imported due to damaged devices or data.
The pool may be active on another system, but can be imported using
the '-f' flag.
Share FAULTED corrupted data
After much consideration of the $400 option I decided to look into other options, and that is when I had a eureka moment. All of my problems are from a dead metadata drive, What if instead of trying to recover the raid vDevs, What if I tried to recover the data on the metadata drive instead, As in theory if all of the metadata is on that drive, if I’m able to clone the drive to a new one, I should be able to reimport it back into the pool. Right? We will have to see. Until next time.