Replace Hard Drive

Step instructions on replacing a failed drive in a Dell PowerEdge. The lcd display is stating that disk 2 has a fault. I have a new drive to replace. Need the instructions on replacing the bad drive.
Ross MaddoxIT DirectorAsked:
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HI Ross,

Do you know if thed rive is one of multiple drives, and is configured as a RAID array of some description?
Ross MaddoxIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
yes it is an array 3 drives one needs replaced.
If the system is configured as RAID 5 using the 3 drives, and they are hot pluggable,
  1. Eject the failed drive
  2. Fit the new drive into the cradle from the old one
  3. Plug the new drive in

If the Drives arent hot plug, power down the server, swap the failed for new, and reboot

In both instances the Drive Array will rebuild the new drive automatically as soon as they see it replaced
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Check whether is any management software on the system for the RAID set. Management software will display the faulty drive and should have a 'remove' function to administratively make the failing drive unavailable. After doing that, replace the faulty drive and go back to the management software. Then add the replaced drive to the RAID set again, you may have to select the 'rebuild' option.

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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
Then add the replaced drive to the RAID set again, you may have to select the 'rebuild' option.

the drive should be configured as a hot spare to trigger the rebuild
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Just some clarification needed on the "answer" for any who find this question in future searches:

The "management software" is called OpenManage Server Administrator.

To "add the replaced drive to the RAID set", you need to do as Seth suggested and assign it as a hot-spare to start the rebuild IF it doesn't start rebuilding automatically. NEVER set or force a drive online unless the entire array is offline - more drives are offline than the array can withstand.

If the drives are hot-swappable, swap the drives "hot".
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