A hot spare pool is a collection of slices (hot spares) reserved by Solaris Volume Manager to be automatically substituted for failed components. These hot spares can be used in either a submirror or RAID-5 volume. Hot spares provide increased data availability for RAID-1 and RAID-5 volumes. You can create a hot spare pool with either the Enhanced Storage tool within the Solaris Management Console or the command-line interface.
When component errors occur, Solaris Volume Manager checks for the first available hot spare whose size is equal to or greater than the size of the failed component. If found, Solaris Volume Manager automatically replaces the component and resynchronizes the data. If a slice of adequate size is not found in the list of hot spares, the submirror or RAID-5 volume is considered to have failed. For more information, see Chapter 16, Hot Spare Pools (Overview).