How to "Unlock" a drive from 3Ware 9500S array?

Discussion in 'Storage' started by Steve Cousins, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. A SATA drive (Western Digital 2500SD) from a 3Ware 9500S array went
    offline and was replaced by a hot-spare. I pulled the "bad" drive and
    put it in a machine with a basic Promise SATA controller and booted up
    Western Digital's diagnostic program to test the drive. The DLGDIAG
    program reported "DRIVE IS LOCKED".

    It turns out that the 3Ware card "locks" the drive and it is only
    unlockable (according to 3Ware) by shutting down the server, connecting
    the bad drive back to the 9500S, pulling all of the other drives so they
    are not seen on bootup, power up the machine, go into the 3Ware BIOS and
    delete the array that the drive belongs to. Then power down and
    reconnect all of the other drives. This of course is not something I
    want to have to do. Kind of defeats the idea of having a hot-swap RAID
    system that stays up all the time.

    Short of buying another 9500S card to use once in a (hopefully great)
    while to unlock a bad drive, does anyone know of a way to unlock a
    drive? Any utility that does this? I had not heard of this "feature"


    Steve Cousins, Apr 27, 2006
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