Can I hot-swap hard drives on AS400?

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AS/400
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I have a failed drive on 9406-620.  This leaves me with 4 drives unprotected. I'm concerned if I shut the system down it will not come back up.  Is there a way to hot swap a drive or to deactivate the 5 drives (moving date to other drives).  Ihave plenty of unused space on remaining drives.

This is a legacy system I am trying to keep alive for a couple more years



Software/Hardware used:
OS400 - V5R1 Drive model 6713

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  • TomLiotta
    Is there a way to hot swap a drive... Yes, if your DASD controllers allow hot-swaps. We'd need to know what DASD components you have before being sure in your case. This leaves me with 4 drives unprotected. That implies that you had active RAID-5 at the time of failure... (moving date to other drives). ...which means that that is unnecessary. Your other drives should already have the data from the failed drive in the form of parity data. You only need to remove the failed drive from the configuration and add a replacement drive into the configuration. I would certainly suggest a backup of all of your user data ASAP, just in case a second drive fails before the replacement is live. (A full-system save might be preferred, but you already should have a couple of those.) I'd also suggest obtaining a second drive to keep on-hand. Tom
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