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Replacing a hard drive in a server with a drive that already has an image on it

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If I replace a hard drive with a drive that already has an image on it, what will happen (assuming I have RAID configured (1, 5, etc).  This is on a Compaq ... sorry, I mean HP :)   Is there an option in the Array configuration utility to format the drive, or do I need to format the drive before I even place it in the server.  

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mattisflones earned 125 total points
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Dependig on your RAID BIOS you can just insert the disk and set it up in the raidmanager.. My Compaq is doing
everything automatically after i mount the disk.
I`m 99,98% sure that you dont have to do anything to the disk before you put it in!
I would advice you to check the server guide, it should explain that well..
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Generally when you stick a drive with an image into a RAID setup, when you go to rebuild the RAID its going to wipe out the HD anyway.


Long answer short:
It wont hurt anything by leaving the old data on there.
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by:katacombz
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If you replace a drive in a raid config (1,5) the controller should start to rebuild onto the new drive automatically overwriting any data that might be on the drive.
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by:neowolf219
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yep, all of you are right on.  I'm going to award the points on the time of the posts, as I believe that to be the most fair.  Thanks a million.
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Glad i could help!
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