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How do I replace a missing member on a Dell PE 2450 Perc 3/Si RAID 5 container?

Last Modified: 2013-12-02
I have a Dell PowerEdge 2450 fitted with a Perc 3/Si SCSI RAID controller which is configured for a 16.49 GB RAID 5 container containing three 9 GB disks. At power up, the controller BIOS reports the container is in a critical state and pressing ctrl-A to go into the RAID configuration utility, selecting the container configuration utility, then manage containers --> list of containers --> container properties, the container members display reports a missing member. The missing disk is disk bay 2 - disks 0:00:00 and 0:01:00 in bays 0 and 1 are present.

I have inserted another identical disk into bay 2 but the container still reports a missing member. Should I press ctrl-R to restore/enable RAID5? Doing so comes up witth the message:

Warning : Use this option only when you are not able to access data on your critical RAID 5 container. You may lose all your data permanently. Do you want to continue / (Yes/No) :

I don't want to lose the container as the system does boot (Windows 2000 Server) so I have not pressed ctrl R. I have installed the FAST (Flexible Array Stoage Tool) but it reports that the controller is locked and in use by another user. Clicking on the show users button, this user turns out to be the Win 2000 'SYSTEM' user. So the controller can only be opened read-only and it seems I cannot use this tool to rebuild the container - perhaps this 'SYSTEM' user is the Windows disk management tool?

Next, I updated the system BIOS, and the embedded server, backplane and the Perc controller
firmware to the latest versions available from Dell so that I could install Dell's Open Manage software. This installed successfully. On navigating to the replacement disk I have installed, the only tasks it offered apart from blink/unblink was initiakize. So I initialized the disk and now the tasks offered are blink/unblink, assign global hot spare and prepare to remove.

I'm getting close to my wits end - it should be possible to replace a failed disk in a 3 disk RAID 5 container from the raid controller BIOS utility, shouldn't it?

This 'new' disk' is not new (it was bought used on eBay) but apparently iut's    
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