I have an IBM raid 5 setup using 3 hot swap drives.  Can I replace bad drive with another exact same drive that has data already on it?

Posted on 2010-11-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I have an IBM raid 5 setup using 3 hot swap drives.  Can I replace bad drive with another exact same drive that has data already on it?  I do not need the data currently on replacment drive.
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Expert Comment

ID: 34103092
yes... You may have to clear foriegn data configuration before it rebuilds. But yes, you can use another drive with data already on it.

Expert Comment

ID: 34103103
My experience in the past with IBM servers is that it automatically starts rebuilding the array even with data on the replacement drive. Let me know how this works. Model of the server would help as well.

Author Comment

ID: 34103134
I am planning on trying the swap tonight.  Model of server is X235.
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Accepted Solution

slappy901i earned 125 total points
ID: 34103155
Yup, you should just be able to stick the replacement in, and rebuild should occur automaticaly.

Author Comment

ID: 34112655
Rebuild did not occur automatically.  Looks like even the new drive is still defunct.  I only have server raid manager at the bios level right now, so going to try and get the software to install the raid manager on Windows Server.  At least then i might be able to see what is going on. Thinking it might be waiting for me to tell it that this new drive is ok to use, even though data exists on it.?.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34117350
Had to reboot server and force the rebuild using Server raid manager.  

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