I have a Dell 1950 as my SQL Server attached to a MD1000 with multiple RAID arrays for mass storage. A drive failed in the RAID5 virtual array, and my global hot spare took over, as is it went to Online status - no problem. I received the replacement, removed the failed drive and installed the replacement. The array manager now shows the replacement status as Ready.
1) Am I better off swapping out the former hot spare mfg in 2006, with the replacement drive mfg in 2008?
2) Before I press the replacement drive into service either as one of the next hot spares or swap it out, is there further prep work required on this drive?