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Did you experience a power event? Go to BIOS (F2), and make sure that RAID is Enabled. If RAID got turned off (power event, BIOS reset), then it will give you that message. If RAID is already enabled, then you may need to repair your operating system. If something else happened (drive failures, drives removed, etc.), then the array may be completely gone. Call Data Recovery services if it is critical you retreive the data.
Flashing blue light is harmless - it simply means the Identify button has been pushed. There is a small button with a white, cursive 'i' on the front and back of the server - pressing this will make the light flash blue (or make it stop).
Go to Dell's support site and view the manual for the 1650 for an explanation of the beep code - identify the pattern of the beep.
If you are still able to get to Windows, use OpenManage Server Administrator to check the Hardware logs and RAID array.
Check the PowerEdge Raid Controller for parity problems. Sounds like the status on the physical volumes participating in a RAID array has been degraded.
Loud beeping from a drive is usually an indication that an invalid drive array member has resulted in a degraded logical volume.
If you were counting correctly, you had at least three drives - most likely participating in a RAID-5 setup. The array might have been rebuilt with one bad drive. But it sounds like you've got two corrupt physical volumes in the array. And that's not good.
When a Dell server beeps in every 3-5 second that mean it comes from Raid controller. Dell calls PERC Controller. It usually reason of a disk failure.
Install open manage server administrator on your server. See which disks are failed ?
Try to run Power edge diagnostics on the failed disk. If it passes the test reseat the disk. if it fails disk has to be replaced with a new one. If passes the quick test, reseat the disk and update disk + perc firmware and driver to the latest level. that will solve the problem!!
99% beeping comes from perc controller because of a failed HDD
HI thanks for reply. i must say im new to this raid stuff. i was given the server by my coworker because he could not get the other drive to show in windows. he got fustrated and gave it to me. so i tey at home. ok here is what i have.
Dell poweredge 1600sc. it has two gig ram. I open the case andther it has one primary hdd and four other hdd connected on one ribbon to the board. it had windows server 2003 all ready on it. I was in the set up (ctrl +m) and i saw the drives say ready. i hit the space bar to set array. after i did that it say i had to initlize it before i reboot. now the drives say online. i boot into windows and the drives are still do not show. am i looking in the right place. i know. im stupid. go ahead and laugh.
plus is there a good place to lean this raid stuff. thanks. nezza
Besides standard beeps codes indicating Processor, CPU, Memory or Systemboard failures,
Dell PERC (PowerEdge Expandable Raid Controller) or SAS Controllers (Serial Attached SCSI) generate beeps to alert failures on the RAID sub-system.
From your description of the issues (when the beeps start), i suggest you check PERC or SAS setup. If you have Dell OpenManage Server Administrator installed, you can log-in and check for more information. Additionally, on the next reboot check the PERC/SAS/CERC boot up for any messages. You may also access the PERC (Ctrl+M), SAS (Ctrl+R) CERC (Ctrl+A) Management Menu for specific failures and attempt a rebuild (assuming you have a redundant RAID Volume).
You can also speak with Dell Support and raise a warranty call if the system has warranty.
Note: PowerEdge 840 would ship with PERC or SAS Controller. PowerEdge 700 will ship with PERC or CERC.