Foreign drive has inconsistent configuration

A foreign drive considers itself to be a member of a native volume group. However, the volume group is optimal, and not currently missing any drives. A foreign drive is a drive that has been exported from this storage array or not yet completely imported into the storage array. The Recovery Guru Details area provides specific information you will need as you follow the recovery steps.

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  • This problem usually results from inserting a drive (from a different storage array into this storage array) that might have previously been a member of the native volume group. However, the foreign drive has been replaced with a different drive in this storage array at some point.

  • This problem does not affect the performance of the native volume group.

  • To resolve this problem, you will need to initialize the foreign drive or remove it from the storage array. Follow the recovery steps below to fix the problem.

  • You can remove the drive while the storage array is receiving I/O.

Recovery Steps

  1. Refer to the Details area to find which drive slot is reporting the problem.
    If... Then...
    You want to retain the data on the foreign drive Remove the foreign drive from the system and return it to the storage array that from which it was removed.

    Go to step 4.

    You do NOT want to retain the data on the foreign drive (you want the drive to become an Unassigned drive in this storage array) Go to step 2.
  2. Highlight the foreign drive on the Hardware tab in the Array Management Window, then select the Hardware > Drive > Advanced > Initialize menu option.

  3. Follow the instructions in the Initialize Drive dialog to initialize the drive.

    When the initialization completes, the drive will be an Optimal, Unassigned drive.

  4. Click Recheck to rerun the Recovery Guru. The failure should no longer appear in the Summary area. If the failure appears again, contact your Technical Support Representative.