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Spare disk options for RAID array??

Tom Lyczko
Super Advisor

Spare disk options for RAID array??

I have a RAID 5 array in a Proliant Gen8 DL380.

 

I don't understand the difference between the two spare drive options -- one is called Auto-Replace I think, the other is called I think Dedicated (the default I think).

 

Which option is the one to use when a disk goes bad and one wants the spare disk to kick in automatically??

 

I did not really understand HP's descriptions...

 

Thank you, Tom

 

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Torsten.
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Spare disk options for RAID array??

In general you can assign a spare drive to a dedicated array or use it as a global spare for all your defined arrays. In "auto-replace drives" mode once the spare kicks in it becomes part of the array, if you replace the bad drive now the new drives becomes a spare, so there is no additional rebuild to make the former spare a spare again.

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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Tom Lyczko
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Re: Spare disk options for RAID array??

That's what I thought...I don't understand why AutoReplace is not the default. Thank you, Tom

Torsten.
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Re: Spare disk options for RAID array??

Maybe some want to have the spare at a dedicated slot, and AFAIR this feature came later and was not available from the beginning.

Without this setting if a drive fails the spare kicks in, then you replace the drive and the array will rebuild again to this replaced drive. The former spare becomes a spare again.

Hope this helps!
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Tom Lyczko
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Re: Spare disk options for RAID array??

I like better the Auto-Replace behavior, it's what I'm used to from our HP MSA SAN.

 

Is there a way to have the server send an alert when/if a drive fails and the spare takes over??

 

Thank you, Tom