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Dell PE2650 with Perc 3/Di problem with RAID lost configuration, status of container dead

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I came in this morning to see one of the Exchange servers with an amber light on each drive (3 x 73GB drives). I rebooted the server, but I noticed that it wouldn't boot and once the RAID controller initializes each one of the drives turns amber one at a time. I did CTRL+A to take a look at the RAID configuration and I noticed that the status of the container shows "DEAD" and when I expand to see the properties it is not listing the drives, but it is saying "Missing Member". At this point I thought that we are having a bad controller, however when I go into Disk utilities Ch.0 I can see all the drives and I can verify one them - they all check OK.

I am already attempting a restore from backup on a replacement server, but If I can get this guy back upand running I would rather do that as it would be a lot quicker.

What can I do to try to recreate the container? Can I delete it, create a new one by assigning all the drives without running initialize? Would that work?
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If its a raid 5 you could try a ctrl+r, go to the menu where it shows the containers highlight the dead container and press ctrl+r, this will force all the drives in that container online in a raid 5. Other than that the perc 3/di doesn't have any recover features.
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Thank you, it worked and I was able to restore the container and bring the server back up after it completed the scrub.
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