RE: Oracle ASM disk corruption

From: Mark W. Farnham <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 09:39:27 -0400
Message-ID: <0b7501d6641b$59458070$0bd08150$>

Okay. So it is closed and a member, but ASM has it recorded as still belonging to diskgroup "GRID".  

Let's see: If it is closed and throwing no errors, does that mean that a former drop disk had finished rebalancing to drop it but somehow was interrupted before some chicklet in ASM was checked?  

I would think that ALTER DISKGROUP GRID DROP DISK GRID_0002 *might* fix that.  

Have you sent the error message below along with the SR information? I would think this represents an inconsistency in the ASM dictionary and therefore is a bug unless you hand edited something at the OS level.  

Likewise, if has that disk listed as a member of diskgroup GRID, what happens if you do an ALTER DISKGROUP GRID REBALANCE?  

Does that either a) work or b) fail to open the disk and give you some additional information?  

IF a), great, right?

IF b), let us (and the SR folks) know the new information

IF neither a) nor b), I probably fubared the syntax in my semi-retired rust.  

You might also report the results of

ALTER DISKGROUP GRID CHECK   Good luck, zero of this should be difficult and it should be 100% self diagnostic.  

PS: I seriously doubt MLADEN is WRONG about the meaning of the status information. Anything I've written could be wrong and based on how I asked them to do it rather than how they did it. Other than being a pain to Veritas, ASM was supposed to be easy to use and bulletproof. When one of my best friends from Oracle left ASM, I think it was.  


From: [] On Behalf Of Hameed, Amir
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 11:04 PM
To:; Subject: RE: Oracle ASM disk corruption  

Hi Mladen!

Thank you for your input. I already tried that and got the following result.  

SQL> ALTER DISKGROUP GRID ADD DISK '/dev/oracleasm/grid/asmgrid01' NAME GRID_0002



ERROR at line 1:

ORA-15032: not all alterations performed

ORA-15033: disk '/dev/oracleasm/grid/asmgrid01' belongs to diskgroup "GRID"


I also opened an SR and the analyst suggested the following action:

Closed and member status of the disk means that the disk is already dropped from asm. The only thing you can do at this point is to format that disk and then add it back to asm.  

Since it is a block device, I was thinking that overwriting the device header would reinitialize it? (I am using UDEV and not using ASMLIB. The disk is not partitioned).  

Thank you,


From: <> On Behalf Of Mladen Gogala
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 10:44 PM
Subject: Re: Oracle ASM disk corruption  

Hi Amir!

The status of CLOSED means that the disk is not being used by the ASM instance: DISK.html#GUID-8E2E5721-6D4E-48C2-8DF3-A0EEBD439606

MOUNT_STATUS VARCHAR2(7) Per-instance status of the disk relative to group mounts:

. MISSING - Oracle ASM metadata indicates that the disk is known to
be part of the Oracle ASM disk group but no disk in the storage system was found with the indicated name

. CLOSED - Disk is present in the storage system but is not being
accessed by Oracle ASM

. OPENED - Disk is present in the storage system and is being
accessed by Oracle ASM. This is the normal state for disks in a database instance which are part of a disk group being actively used by the instance.

. CACHED - Disk is present in the storage system and is part of a
disk group being accessed by the Oracle ASM instance. This is the normal state for disks in an Oracle ASM instance which are part of a mounted disk group.

. IGNORED - Disk is present in the system but is ignored by Oracle
ASM because of one of the following:

. The disk is detected by the system library but is ignored because
an Oracle ASM library discovered the same disk

. Oracle ASM has determined that the membership claimed by the disk
header is no longer valid

. CLOSING - Oracle ASM is in the process of closing this disk

So, the disk is there but it's not used by ASM. You can add it to one of your disk groups or leave it as a reserve for the rainy days, whatever suits you better. No action is necessary, this is no error condition.


On 7/26/20 10:09 PM, Hameed, Amir wrote:


I have an Oracle Grid Infrastructure setup with three-nodes. There exist multiple ASM disk groups that are managed by this setup. One of the disk groups is called GRID and it hosts the OCR and voting disks. Recently I have noticed that one of the ASM disks in this group has MOUNT_STATUS='CLOSED" and HEADER_STATUS='MEMBER' as shown below:  

The following data was captured from V$ASM_DISK but it is consistent on all nodes if queried from GV$ASM_DISK:  

                                                 OS disk Space   Space
           Mount   Header       Mode    Disk     Size    Total   Free    ASM
Disk   Failgroup                                 Vote

Grp# Disk# Status  Status       Status  State    (MB)    (MB)    (MB)
Name       Name       Disk path                      file

  • ----- ------- ------------ ------- -------- ------- ------- ------- ---------- ---------- ------------------------------ ----

   0 0 CLOSED MEMBER ONLINE NORMAL 20,490 0 0 /dev/oracleasm/grid/asmgrid01 Y

   2 0 CACHED MEMBER ONLINE NORMAL 20,490 20,480 9,987 GRID_0000 GRID_0000 /dev/oracleasm/grid/asmgrid03 Y

   2 1 CACHED MEMBER ONLINE NORMAL 20,490 20,480 9,987 GRID_0001 GRID_0001 /dev/oracleasm/grid/asmgrid02 Y    

The disk that is not showing up is GRID_0002 and the block device name is /dev/oracleasm/grid/asmgrid01. The only change that has been made recently was that the OS on all three nodes was upgraded from RHEL6 to RHEL7. I have tried to drop this disk from the DG but that didn't work and I got the message that this disk is not part of the GRID DG.  

What is the best way to resolve this issue? Should I overwrite the header of this device using dd so that it becomes a candidate disk? Any help will be appreciated.  

Thank you,


Mladen Gogala
Database Consultant
Tel: (347) 321-1217

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