Dell PowerEdge 1400SC Can not locate hard drives or partition
I am trying to reinstall the operating system on a Dell PowerEdge 1400SC, however once the windows set up starts It alerts me that no partion or hard drives can be found. There are 3 hard drives on this system and I do not think the problem is with the hard drives.
Any ideas as to why the server would not recognize the hard drives on install?
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Re: Dell PowerEdge 1400SC Can not locate hard drives or...
The controller (probably a RAID controller) that the drives are connected to is one for which Windows does not have the correct drivers. You need to supply the proper driver and .INF files during the initial load. The process used depends on the version of Windows you are installing.
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To install new version of XP. Insert XP CD into drive,
reboot pc pressing F1 button.. This takes you into BIOS, change your primary
boot device to CDrom, save changes and reboot. Select boot from CD once this
appears and wait for files to be installed. Select the part of the hard drive
you wish to use for your operating system (usually the largest) and select
partition this drive. Delete any previous os, and reformat hard drive. (Be
aware this removes everything saved on your hard drive, so always back up first)
Re boot afterwards and reinstall operating system. Try the above solution and let me know how you get on?
As long as you have proof of purchase/paperwork......
Call Dell Customer Service.
Or E-mail them.....all info can be found on:
You may be able to Download them....
Also Check your Poweredge Manuals......
Sometimes Dell is famous for having Everything backed up on a protected partition on the Hard Drive.......So a simple keyboard command (it might be "Ctrl+F11", not sure) at the bios boot screen can sometimes load the computer Back to it's original status.......
Also There's a better way if you don't mind ignoring all the CRAPPY software that comes preloaded with your operating system.......
Or, EVEN BETTER IDEA..........
Buy a New Copy of WINDOWS (I recommend XP PRO! since Windows 7 won't be released til around September this year......then upgrade to that.......SKIP VISTA......7 is way better, I would know!)
When You boot from the Disc, (True Windows XP OS Disk) you can delete ALL THE PARTITIONS and install a FRESH NEW WINDOWS INSTALLATION..........that's the best solution, in my opinion.........but call dell.......do both of these things!
2.Insert the reinstallation media (Dell Media Direct CD/DVD) into the CD/DVD drive, then restart the computer.
3. press F12 when the bios page comes up and then select CD/DVD drive from the boot menu.
"Option 1" from the menu if you wish to use all of the hard drive for you operating system installation. This is the most common selection and how is your computer was originally shipped to you, unless you specified an operating system partition size at the time you ordered you computer.
"Option 2" to designate a size for your operating system and have a data partition. This allows you to specify a size for the operating system partittion, leaving the remainder, of the hard drive configured as a "data" partition ("D")
4. Once you have prepared the drive and you have returned to the main recovery menu, remove the installation media and replace it with you operating system reinstallation media. Select the option to reboot your computer. If your computer does not automatically start the media, press <F12> to access the boot menu and select the Cd/DVD boot option.
5.Install your operating system, select the Primary partition when prompted. If you have two hard drives, select the primary partition on the same disk where hte media direct partition resides. Once the OS is installed and the necessary drivers are installed you can begin the reinstallation of the dell mediaDirect software.