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How Data ONTAP handles a failed disk that has no available hot spare

When a failed disk has no appropriate hot spare available, Data ONTAP puts the affected RAID group into degraded mode indefinitely and the storage system automatically shuts down within a specified time period.

If the maximum number of disks have failed in a RAID group (two for RAID-DP, one for RAID4), the storage system automatically shuts down in the period of time specified by the raid.timeout option. The default timeout value is 24 hours.

To ensure that you are aware of the situation, Data ONTAP sends an AutoSupport message whenever a disk fails. In addition, it logs a warning message in the /etc/message file once per hour after a disk fails.

Attention: If a disk fails and no hot spare disk is available, contact technical support.