Well I knew something like this would be bound to happen on my server, yet last time I knew what the cause of it was. This time, I do not. I have been running a Nas4Free install, running FreeBSD 11.0.4, for two years now and not had any issues yet today I heard the server chirp and then.....a drive error occured and I couldn't repair it.
I tried booting to a LiveCD and running FSCK on the unmounted drives yet the same error I kept getting was "Superblock Not found, attemping to find alternate superblock" then that would fail and that was it. I couldn't run FSCK on any drives. All 4 drives, of various sizes, where reporting the same error. What sort of thing would cause this? It was pretty random to my eyes.
My first thought, since I'm not running ECC memory a bit or something was flipped and couldn't correct itself and then BAM! corruption written straight to disk. Only thing that I would question is why since I am not running the drives in any sort of raid array.
Thank fully i have a backup of the most important media and documents, yet all the work setting everything up is out the window. Is it time to upgrade my hardware to a proper Xeon and ECC memory? What should I be on the look-out for next time this sort of thing happens? All I know to do now is salvage what I can, reformat and start over.