Our perc 5/i with a raid 1 configuration in a PE2900 had a virtual drive 'degraded'. Per dell server administrator a drive had a 'foreign' state. Not sure if the drive was bad or not, we got a used replacement drive, hot-swapped it and it also has a 'foreign' state. How can I erase the foreign state and have it rebuild the raid 1? I've been in server administrator but haven't found where I can clear the foreign state from the drive or have the raid rebuilt. Any help would be appreciated or maybe a link to the perc 5/i manual that decribes how to clear a foreign state. Or should I contact dell support?
To clear the Foreign flag from the drive, you will go into OMSA ... Storage, PERC 5, Information/Configuration link at the top of the page, Clear Foreign Configuration from the drop-down menu of available tasks. Do this ONLY when the system is running fine and there is only one drive showing Foreign. If you have more than one disk showing Foreign, then you have to Import the Foreign Config. Anytime there is a config/timestamp different from the controller's config, it will show Foreign, so if it is only on a single disk, clear it and move on.
I would test your original drive, as it may not be bad. Make sure your system firmware (BIOS, ESM, RAID) and RAID driver are up to date ... this can help prevent Foreign configs.
I know it's a really old post but still useful. Thank you.