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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?

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

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I am planning on trying the swap tonight.  Model of server is X235.
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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.?.

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