I have a fairly new file server (HP Proliant) with 3 Hard Drives in what I believe is a RAID 5 with no spare. One drive is colored RED on the front of the Server, and in the HP Raid Configuration it appears to say the drive failed. Only about 6 months old
My plan tomorrow is to buy a new drive at a local computer store and rebuild quickly. My questions are:
Can I buy a new SCSI drive with same capacity and same RPM (10,000) or do I need to match the drives exactly.
Is it better to shut Server down (I can do this after 5PM) and then attach new drive, start Server and rebuild rather than do it hot?
Should I pull the network cable out so users tomorrow night cannot get on through Remote Desktop Connection or from the office if they are working late? Or, if I should keep users out, is there a better way?
Will a rebuild start automatically when I power on the Server with the new drive?
Is it true that there can be significant degradation problems during a RAID 5 rebuild?
Many thanks. I hope to God another drive does not fail. I have complete backups but there is a lot of stuff on that Server and much of the backups have never been tested.