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SBS 2008 Hard drive Failed. How to rebuild RAID?

I have a Dell Poweredge server (2 years old) with SBS 2008 installed. The server has three 300GB SCSI hot swappable hard drives in a RAID 5 configuration. I walked into the server room today and found an visual alarm flashing and warning that one of the hard drives had failed.

I am rushing a new 300GB SCSI hot swappable drive to the office. My question is: How do I install the drive so it rebuilds the raid? Do I just need to replace the failed drive with the new one? Will it rebuild automatically or is there something i need to do to force the rebuild?
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Thanks leew, could you give me an idea on how I might get into the "RAID controller BIOS/firmware" OR "Dell Array Manager"? I realize this process is probably different on many systems, but is it usually as simple as hitting F2 or DEL at bootup?
> how I might get into the "RAID controller BIOS/firmware"
Depends on the controller installed.  Watch the boot process - it should prompt you.

> "Dell Array Manager"?
Haven't used it in years.  It should be fairly obvious in the start menu.  If not, look at Dell's web site for the server's model and accessory software.  The app is free if it's not installed and installing will likely require a reboot.  (As I recall, the current versions are web based - I hate web based).
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Sorry, meant to link this version of OMSA (just in case you have a 1650, 2650, or 2600:
ftp://ftp.dell.com/sysman/OM_5.5.0_ManNode_A00.exe
I can't think of many controllers that don't automatically rebuild as long as disk is hotswapped.
To be sure Ring Dell tech Support if its still under support.
Better to be safe than sorry.