Restarting a node after a failure may result in a slower than normal startup time. The longer startup time associated with recovery may also lead to other problems. To avoid problems when recovering a failed node the following technique should be followed.
General Recovery Notes
When a Riak node is to be recovered, general rules of recovery apply depending on what failed in particular. Check for RAID and file system consistency, faulty memory, fully functional network connections, etc.
In general, when a failed node comes back up, make sure it has the
same node name as before it crashed. Changing the node name makes the
cluster assume this is an entirely new node, leaving the old one still
as part of the ring, until you remove it manually using
When the node is recovering, hinted handoff will kick in and update the data on the recovered node with updates from the rest of the cluster. Your cluster may temporarily return “not found” for objects that are currently being handed off (see our page on Eventual Consistency for more details on these scenarios, in particular how the system behaves while the failed node is not part of the cluster).
There may be additional steps for recovery that depend on your storage backend.
A failed node that's using Bitcask as storage backend can be started
riak start or the Riak init.d scripts and should
recover on its own.
More information can be found on Failure and Recovery.