RAID 5 question-want to swap one drive
Posted on 2011-09-10
I wanted to put a fresh new HD in service in my RAID 5. I thought all I needed to do was power down, remove one of the RAID drives and slide in a new HD and power up and it would automatically rebuild with the new HD in place. The trouble I encountered is that the RAID utility would only offer my backup HD as the one to take into the RAID rebuild process. While it did list my new HD, it would not put the new HD in the list of HD's avaialable for bringing into the rebuild. Make sense? I stopped at that point, put the orginal HD back in and booted. It is now rebuilding the RAID, albeit with all the same drives in. I need/want to start replacing those HD's with new HD's. What did I do wrong?
This is my board, I know, it is a pos, but it is what I am using until I set up something else:
Intel Desktop Board DQ965GF - motherboard - micro ATX - LGA775 Socket - Q965 - LGA775 Socket
I am using 3 hard drives in RAID 15. They have been in service for 13 months, so I want to replace one now and will probably replace another one in a week or two and replace the 3rd in a month or two, so that in couple months all 3 drives are essentially new.
The 4th drive in this machine is a single drive I use for backup. The RAID utility shows it as a single HD not part of the RAID.
The RAID is the Intel RAID that is in/on the board. This is not a card, it is part of the board.