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Intel raid 5 srczcr replace bad drive in raid - it will not let me repair the replaced bad drive??

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Some more details are required: -Are you using hardware or software RAID? -What is the process you are using to try to repair the bad drive? -What is your error message, if any? Once you post some details we?ll start trying to help you figure this out.

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