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How to remove a failed spare from an array?

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How to remove a failed spare from an array?

Proliant ML350 G5, Smart Array E200i.


A spare drive failed, and was replaced with another drive that turned out to be smaller than the original. The status of the physical drive is now as follows:


Status: Failed
Last Failure Reason: Hot plug replacement too small


Since I don't have a big enough drive to replace with, I thought I would just remove the spare from the array all together. This showed to be difficult:


#hpssacli ctrl slot=0 array A remove spares=all

Error: This operation is not supported with the current configuration. Use the
"show" command on devices to show additional details about the
Reason: Assignable spares not available


So it boils down to "How to remove a failed spare from an array?".