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Ive been searching all over and cant find anything on this subject. I have a Raid 5 configured in Server 2003 using 3 1.5Tb drives, I have a 4th drive I want to add as a hot spare and I would need to use the spare automatically if one of the drives fail. Is this even possible in a windows raid?

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When you say Windows RAID, are you talking about the software RAID? –  Zoredache Sep 12 '11 at 16:24
    
Yes, Im using the raid 5 function built into Windows –  Brian Tacker Sep 12 '11 at 16:33

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Hot-spare and hot-swap drives are features of hardware RAID controllers

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So there's no way to designate a 4th drive as a spare for it to rebuild on? –  Brian Tacker Sep 12 '11 at 16:22
    
Replace failed disk with your 4th and rebuild. –  Sergey Sep 12 '11 at 16:36

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