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How to handle MegaRaid harddisk failure?

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A harddisk failure warning is prompted from a IBM server, after replace a new harddisk, it is working fine now. But i want to verify the failed harddisk can be reuse or not, thus i put it into another server. The MegaRaid software show it it "Unconfigured Good" as the attached screenshot.  I cannot find any options to format it or make it as a standalone harddisk(No raid).
 
Any idea how can i make it as a standalone drive(No Raid) and format it for later use?
After reading help file and google around, still failed to do it.
I am new to the MegaRaid software, steps by steps would be very helpful.
Thank you.

Environment:
Server 2008 R2 with MegaRaid 11.08
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by:dlethe
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Get a non-RAID controller and run the HDD (Seagate, WD, Hitachi, whatever) diagnostics.  You must have a NON-RAID adapter.  Placing the disk in a USB enclosure won't work.

If the HDD fails diags, you have your answer.  If it passes them then personally, I wouldn't trust the HDD for anything other than a RAID1.
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by:noxcho
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Connect the drive directly to motherboard SATA connector on any workstation. Then run your HDD vendor made disk test utility to check the health of the drive.
You do not need to test this drive on server, a workstation suits very well for this need.
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by:andyalder
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You should find more options if you have the physical tab selected rather than dashboard. It's a SAS disk so unlikely you will be able to test it in a PC unless you add a SAS HBA to is as suggested by dlethe.
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Actually you can probably do what you want with dashboard selected. on the menu click
go to - controller - create virtual drive.
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