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Dell poweredge server 2003 with RAID 5, one hard disk blinks green and amber..

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my server Dell poweredge server 2003 with RAID 5, one hard disk blinks green and amber..
 
how to get rid of the amber? Is tha HDD bad? if yes how to remove..please give me step by step guide..

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Michael WorshamCloud/Infrastructure Solutions Architect
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Before you start messing with the system, do you have Dell OpenManage Server Administrator installed?

Services and Features:
* Instrumentation Service - provides rapid access to detailed fault and performance information
* Storage Management Service - provides enhanced features for configuring storage RAID and external SCSI enclosure information via the OpenManage Storage Services agent
* Diagnostic Service - provides a suite of programs that can diagnose problems on individual systems
* Logs - displays logs of commands issued to or by the system, monitored hardware events, POST events, and system alerts

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&releaseid=R108443&SystemID=PWE_PNT_P3C_2550&os=WNT5&osl=en&deviceid=2331&devlib=0&typecnt=1&vercnt=19&formatcnt=2&libid=36&fileid=143370
Michael WorshamCloud/Infrastructure Solutions Architect
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Dell PowerEdge 2650 Manuals:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/pe2650/en/index.htm

Dell" PowerEdge" 2650 Systems Installation and Troubleshooting Guide:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/pe2650/en/it/index.htm

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mwecomputer..thanks for your info but I was looking into specific solution.. don't have time or patient to go through the manuals or guide. want to know if you know about this error and any solution...!

thanks again....
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one hard disk blinks green and amber....
Blink green indicates activity on the disk and amber led means the disk is failed or not responded.

Here are the steps to troubleshoot your problem:
Since you have RAID 5, all you need to do is getting a spare drive (same or larger size, with Dell it's better to get a similar drive). You then hotswap the drive while your server is running. Allow sometime for RAID 5 to rebuild on the new drive. Make sure power and server is up while RAID 5 rebuild.
You can login Open manage (if you already installed) to see the status of your rebuilding process.

K
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Forgot to mention, although the procedure has been done successfully for many times and many people, you still want to backup your system before touching it.
Important: when swapping drive, your server needs to be UP and running. Otherwise, it can cause data lost.
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