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Replacing a failed hard drive on a Perc 6/i with RAID 5

I have a Dell 29xx running windows server 2008.  One of the drives on the RAID 5 has failed.  Has a blinking Orange and is indicated as RAID 5 'Degraded' and the drive status 'Failed' in openManage.
What is proper way of replacing the failed drive I have Dell OpenManage Version 7.4.0
Thanks,
Joe
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Replace it "hot" (while the server is running). Pull the drive, wait 30 seconds, put in replacement. If the drive does not start rebuilding automatically, assign it as a hot-spare (on either the Physical Disks or Virtual Disks page). If the drive is showing as "foreign", you need to first CLEAR the foreign configuration (OMSA, Storage, PERC, Information/Configuration, Foreign/Clear from dropdown menu of Available Tasks).
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sjsAuthor Commented:
On the App under Virtual Disks.  I have an option to "Replace Member Disk" .  Should I select that 1st?
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DavidPresidentCommented:
NO, do not do anything under the VD app.  Just pull out the old one put in the new one with system running.   Note - It is always best practice to backup anything that is vital before a rebuild.  Rebuilds touch 100% of the blocks on the drive.  It is also quite stressful. If you don't have a current backup, you don't want to risk losing a 2nd drive.

Just ONE unreadable block on the surviving disks means you will likely have some data loss.

(You won't get any foreign disk messages if this is a virgin drive that hasn't been yanked from a system that was already using a PERC controller).
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
No, you can just pull the disk if it is already offline/failed.
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sjsAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I will do tomorrow.
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sjsAuthor Commented:
Done it over the weekend and worked as described.
Thanks
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