Replacing/Swapping out a non-failed drive for another drive

1. Hijack the drive to be removed from the RAID (the OUT drive) by giving it a drive letter
2. Copy the data from the OUT drive to the drive that will replace it (the IN drive)
3. Un-hijack the OUT drive by removing the added drive letter
4. Go to the FlexRAID Disk Manager and do a swap-only operation and swap with the IN drive
5. Run the Update task for sanity check

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11 Responses to “Replacing/Swapping out a non-failed drive for another drive”

  1. Xyvotha March 1, 2013 at 9:11 AM #

    Should I also copy the hidden “_flxr_” folder?

  2. imadork8317 June 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM #

    the _flxr_ folder should be empty and is not necessary when doing the swap.

    4. could be clarified better.

    Go to FlexRAID Disk Manager
    Select the OUT drive
    Select “>>” (Located to the right of Update)
    Select “Restore/Swap Out”
    “Select a drive to restore to” (the IN drive)
    Select “Do not restore! Just swap out the drives”
    Then Run the update task to ensure parity

  3. Roidy July 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM #

    How do I do the same operation (replace a non -failed drive) but replacing a PPU drive in a single PPU system?

    • Brahim July 17, 2013 at 6:09 AM #

      It is much simpler in such case to delete the configuration and create a new one with the new drive setups.

  4. quasmaster April 30, 2014 at 3:09 AM #

    Could someone please explain step 1 a little bit more.

    “1. Hijack the drive to be removed from the RAID (the OUT drive) by giving it a drive letter”

    How or where do I assign the drive letter?

    By removing the drive from the storage pool using the WebUIs drive manager?

    or

    By stopping the pool and the FlexRaid service and assign a drive letter via the Windows Disk Management?

    or

    Some other way??

    Thanks!

    • Brahim June 12, 2014 at 7:13 AM #

      “By stopping the pool and the FlexRaid service and assign a drive letter via the Windows Disk Management”. Correct.

  5. quasmaster April 30, 2014 at 3:14 AM #

    And also, how does the un-hijack step exactly work.

  6. quasmaster May 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM #

    Ok, I eventually got it – the whole process is not that hard after all ;)

  7. Mike August 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM #

    I would like to add a 6TB drive to my pool but as I understand, the largest drive needs to be the parity drive. My parity drive is currently a 4TB drive. Can I use this same process to make the 6TB drive my parity drive then add the 4TB drive to the pool?

    Thanks!

    • Kevin R August 26, 2014 at 1:41 PM #

      I’m new to to this but…
      One option is to SPAN your PPU with an additional 2TB+ (For a total of 6TB+) if you really don’t want to use the 6TB itself for the PPU (Say for example you feel that the 6TB is more reliable and the downtime you experience with a failed drive will be worse than recovering a PPU).

      It obviously are increasing the chance of your PPU failing (it’s math), but everything is a trade off.

  8. J0tar0Kjo June 9, 2015 at 5:52 AM #

    I swapped a drive successfully in snapshot raid, the new drive took label of the old one and raid manager treat it like it’s the same old swapped out drive.
    But when i try to read smart attrivbutes i get an error message because the id of the drive is different.
    Any advice?

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