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I have a server that supports hot swapping (such as HP ProLiant DL160 G6 with hot swap) (spec) and I configure it for RAID 1 mirroring across 2 disks.

Say one of the raid'ed disks then fails. Can I simply pull out the duff disk and replace it without rebooting the machine?

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Yep that is exactly what hot swapping is all about. You can pull the disk at any time without having to turn off the server.

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many thanks for that –  Ben Oct 12 '09 at 20:41
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Yes, you can. I did that exact thing just last week with my virtual server. The 2nd disk started failing and I pulled it and even put a different manufacturer's disk (Fujitsu replaced a WD) in as the replacement. Let the RAID BIOS rebuild the HD and you are good to go.

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