I took out all my my old SCSI drives and put in 4 new ones. Now I can't do anything!
I replaced all of my old SCSI drives and replaced them with used SCSI drives that work. I turn the server on and all the lights on the SCSI disks where flashing a light brown. I ran the IBM ServeRAID Mini Configuration and restored default settings, told it to do this and that, I played around with different choices for about 4 hours. I am fed up and tired. I want to get these new drives working so I can play around with my server and learn some more new things. Someone please help me out! Thanks a million in advance.
Re: I took out all my my old SCSI drives and put in 4 new...
I had the same problem. There is a cd that came with the server called "IBM RAID Support" that is a must have to reconfigure the hard drives. It took me a week to find the ISO image. I will upload the cd via FTP and send you the link.
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This is a quite serious matter to be solved. The information you have provided is not enough at all.
What you have to include in here:
First, Be precise. Don't assume.
How did you recognized the failure. Which indicators or POST/BIOS/RAID BIOS reported you the errors? Was it from the OpenManageSA?
Please specify the Hardware Controller model and manufacturer with the version (RAID controller).
Which Operating System do you run (or ran)?
Are these disks Hot Swappable?
Have you used hardwareRAID controller or software RAID? Provided by OS.
Do you have Dell OpenManage Server Administrator?
How do you describe the RAID configuration? Are you sure that Disk 1 and 4 are mirrored to 2 and 3? You must be precise. Because raids can be used in many ways. You can combine any two disks and mirror them to any two disks. Even though it prevents hard drive failures, if your OS had an issue Mirrors may not be an option to recover it.
That message is a Warning Message. However Drive Roaming has completed. You don't need to worry about that.
If your BIOS has associated firmware controllers you could rebuild the array. But you may have to add new disks to replace others. You may need to update the firmware if necessary.
Then if you plan to use disk 2 and 3, you have to position them to 1 and 4. Then try to rebuild the array. But you may have to have Controller Drive installed on the disk. That varies from type to type. So I cannot say exactly. However if the mirroring of the OS is done to one disk, that disk would be enough. But you have to be certain. Reconfiguring should be done using both the disks replaced if you do not know anything about the configuration.
Check BOOT ORDER. Change it if necessary. If disks fail again check one by one and repair them using a separate machine.
Use Dell Software (OpenManage Server Administrator, if its the one available). Rebuild and or Resync the array.
If boot record errors occur, you have to boot from CD/DVD and repair the Boot Record and/or MBR.
If you need any other issue like BSOD, please write them down. Make sure the OS is not corrupted. If you backed up the System Status, restore it in such a case. Do an In-place Upgrade otherwise (will replace the OS files only, not data).
Use the manuals for Dell Server and RAID Controller if you do not know how to use properly.
If all the options are not working, you have to contact an engineer at Dell.
Feel free to contact again.
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The standard machine only allows SCSI, (no IDE or SATA or SAS connectors...
However SCSI drives are not cheap.. so
To overcome the power issue (you will notice there are no 4 pin molex connectors, or sata power connectors). However there is a 4 pin molex socket on the SCSI backplane. You can use one of those molex adaptor cables (one connector to many) to get power, from the molex you can use a 4 pin to SATA power connector.
Next step is to decide the drive you want to use. I personally use SCSI, SATA, SAS and IDE in mine (overkill I know).
Cheapness says use IDE or SATA. You can get a pci IDE/SATA controller card on ebay dirt cheap (PCI cards are compatible with the large PCIX slots), they dont take the entire "socket" up but they work (be carefull here, there is one 5v pci socket on these machines, and 6 pcix sockets, the pcix sockets will accept 3.3v pci cards (look at the notches).
Next you have to mount them, with a bit of jiggery pokery you can feed the IDE/SATA cables past the SCSI backplane into the hot swap bay. (If you dont have any empty caddy's pick them up off ebay), just remember you cant just pull em out like you can with the SCSI's!) - or use one of the 5 1/2 media bays.
Plud the other ends into the appropriate controller card (as installed in the PCI bus).
Load up the OS, install drivers (if needed - these should come with the pci card(s), use the disk manager to initialise/first format the drives etc.
I have done this myself running a 2600, with 2X U320 72gb SCSI (on Raid) 1 x IDE CD/DVDRW in Media bay, DAT 27 SCSI (channel B) in the second media bay. 2x 146gb SAS on a DELL SAS pcix card (in 2 of the hot swap bays) and an old 160gb IDE HDD (Funilly enough theres a bit towards the back of the two fans on the SCSI backplane that if you press the 3 1/2 drive against seems to fit perfectly in this place and stay there! (I think thats fluke to be honest).
Are you sure the new motherboard was of the same revision as the old one? Dell shipped 400FSB boards during the beginning of the 1600SC line and shipped 533Mhz boards during the end of the run. I would check the revision level of the motherboard to make sure it is compatible. If it's the same revision, I would start small and connect just one CPU and put the system at 512mb ram and see if that works. If this works, you can begin to add additional components as needed.
The error message you are receiving "Inquiry command failed Using IBM-PC ServerRaid Host adapter" makes me think you are attaching the tape drive to the ServerRaid Controller, which is only for Hard Disks. There should be a normal SCSI interface for attaching tape drives, etc. It's possible that the ServerRaid card is a PCI (or older) plug in card, and the normal SCSI interface will be on the main motherboard. If you look on the IBM website for the Hardware Maintenance Manual, it should hopefully make things clearer.
The reason you may not be seeing the hard drives in CMOS, is because you will need to use the IBM ServerRaid Utility to view and configure the disks.
Replace the hard drive with a drive that is the same type and the same size, or larger. It will rebuild itself.
By same type I mean that the connector on the back of the drive and the speed of the drive interface must be the same. If the new drive spins at a different rate it will not create a problem, except that if it is slower it will make read/writes slower. If it is larger it will only use part of its capacity, matching the capacity of the other drives.
Note that if you were to replace all drives with larger drives (one at a time) the capacity of the entire array would be the same as the original. If you want a larger array it must be built from the start with that larger capacity.
Take out the bad drive. If you can get the exact same drive, do it, otherwise look it up on the manufacturers web site to find out size and type.
While there are a few possible RAID configurations that you could be using on that server, the chances are overwhelming that it is RAID level 5 that you are using. This RAID level is tolerant of a single drive failure. If you lose another drive before your new drive rebuilds your data will be lost. Hopefully you have a backup.
RAID 5 stripes the data and the parity data across all available drives and when a drive fails, the missing data is rebuilt on the fly from the parity data. When a replacement drive is installed the parity data is used to rebuild the data that belongs on that drive. The advantages of RAID 5 are fault tolerance (of a single drive) and speed because each drive only has to provide or write its portion of the total data being accessed or written.
I think it's not the problem with your SCSI drive.
Long beep might be because of the RAM. Take a look inside and see if everything's alright with RAM. Carefully replace it to another slot if there are empty.
Download and use a program like MemTest to see if RAM is properly working.
If you have another computer which is compatible with your RAM, try it inserting then in to PC and see if everyhting's alright.
If nothing helps, then purchase a new RAM module
Once you set the new drive into the array use Acronis to copy an image of disk with the system on one of the other disks (not the new one you are installing to), and then use restore image on imaging software to restore the image on the new disk.