Dell PowerEdge 1900 Drive Replacement

I inherited a customer with a Dell PowerEdge 1900 w/PERC 5/I controller. Out of Warranty (Of Course!). Server has 4 physical drives in a raid 5 configuration. Drive 3 has failed. I want to replace it. It shows that it is 136.12GB I have the exact same model drive that is 146GB. with the same RPM's  Two questions:

1) Can I use the same model drive as long as it is bigger than reported?
2) How do I actually do the replacement?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You should be able to use that drive. it can be bigger but only the current size will be allocated. If the server is running, you should be able to remove the defective drive and replace it. Dell Power Edge are supposed to be hot swap.
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
It is a 146GB drive. After the drive marketing math, you have around 136GB of usable space, which is why you see that amount.

1. Yes, as long as the drive is the same size or larger, you can use it. (It must also be the same type and tech, for example you can't mix SAS/SATA/SSD and you shouldn't/can't mix SAS/SATA II and SAS II/SATA III.)

2. Pull the failed drive "hot" (while the system is running), wait 30 seconds, then insert the replacement. If it doesn't start rebuilding automatically, you will need to clear the foreign config (if present), and assign it as a hot-spare to start the rebuild.
genusysAuthor Commented:
You guys are great!  I'm going to hot swap it tomorrow and leave town tomorrow night if it doesn't work. <g> .  Thanks. Ill hit you both up when I'm done.
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Aaron TomoskyDirector of Solutions ConsultingCommented:
Before you start, make sure you can get into open manage so you can see what's going on.
Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
Yes you can replace it with that drive.

Please find attached DELL PE1900 DCSE manual. Not all DELL PE1900 hard drive are hot swap able. Refer to page 20. You need to remove the entire HDD cage and you will have to disconnect all drives!!


Sorry I had to remove manual as it is DELL Confidential I will post screen snips instead.


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genusysAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the manual
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Here is a public manual (not sure where you are getting access to "confidential" info):
Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
Thanks PowerEdgeTech, only after uploading I realized "crap" I don't think I am allowed to upload this. I then only snipped the necessary pages from the manual. And attached only pictures and not the full manual.

genusysAuthor Commented:
Had to shutdown serve. Remove cables and remove cage. Replaced bad drive (they where labeled). On boot up went into bios rad configuration, made the drive hot spare and it rebuilt.

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