Proliant ML350 RAID 5 Hot Spare Failed


I have a Proliant ML350 G4 with a RAID 5 on a Smart Array 641 array controller.

It has six drives with one as a online spare. After a reboot the spare came back as failed. Having never seen this situation before, I have a question about replacing the drive.

Do I just hot swap in a replacement drive with the server running, like a normal drive failure? Will the array automatically configure the new drive as a spare?

Barney EvansIT System AdministratorAsked:
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Yes.  You can hot-swap the drive and it should work as expected.

I've done this before and had no issues.

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The rebuilding process is pretty straight forward. After you swap the disk it will begin automcatically. You can use the HP tools to monitor
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
I wouldn't guarantee that the replacement is automatically assigned as a hot spare without trying it so I would check using the ACU to confirm after replacing it.
Barney EvansIT System AdministratorAuthor Commented:

Popped out the failed spare and inserted the replacement. No rebuild needed and it got marked as a spare automatically!
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