Article ID: 000055722 Content Type: Maintenance & Performance Last Reviewed: 12/05/2022

Why Are Drives Being Marked as “Unconfigured Bad” on the Intel® RAID Web Console 3?


Intel® RAID Web Console 3


Recommendations and steps to handle "Unconfigured Bad" drive


Drives suddenly become Unconfigured Bad on the Intel® RAID Web Console 3 (RWC3).


On a fully featured Intel® RAID Controller, a drive becomes unconfigured bad when the Intel® RAID Controller loses communication with the drive temporarily. This can happen when:

  • The drive is bad
  • There is a bad or loose cable
  • Surprised removal of the drive followed by reinserting the same drive

If you are confident that the drive is healthy, follow the steps below to re-use this drive:

  1. Click the Drives tab.
  2. Click on the + to expand the Unconfigured Drives.
  3. Select the Unconfigured Bad drive.
  4. Click the Make Unconfigured Good on the right under Element(s) Actions.

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The drive then turns from Unconfigured Bad to Foreign state as it consists of the existing RAID configuration.

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You can choose to either:

  • Import the foreign config: The controller will use this drive to rebuild the virtual drive (VD) that this drive originally belongs to.
  • Clear the foreign config: The drive becomes Unconfigured Good and can be used in creating new VD.

Do this by selecting Configure then Foreign Configuration from the Controller Actions on the top right.

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If you are uncertain, remove the drive and run further diagnostics to verify the health status of the drive or replace it with new drive.