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RAID 5 Foreign array

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I have a SBS2008 server on which the operating system drive failed (OS was on a single drive with 3 drives in RAID 5 for the data). I've reinstalled the OS but the RAID array shows up as Foreign, is it safe to import it and is there anything I should do to guarantee not losing the data  
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Mike ThomasConsultant
Top Expert 2010
Commented:
You are seeing this as the server boots right?
I had the same thing happen on my poweredge 2950 after upgrading vmware and I imported the array just fine.

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Commented:
Thanks for the quick response
Yes, the server boots up OK on the new drive now but the RAID doesn't show in Explorer. If I look in Disk management, the 3 disks are shown but the status is Foreign.

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Is the Dell Server Administrator installed on the server?
This tool can be used to clear that issue.
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Top Expert 2010
Commented:
Import the disks into the OS, you should have the option when you right click.

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Commented:
Thanks very much, it worked fine, took ages to resync the array but the data is good.