You may have a raid 5 setup. you should be able to confirm this within the raid bios (ctrl+m). if all disks are part of the raid 5 array i believe you will only see this as one virtual disk. a raid 5 array will put the data across all the disks along with parity information. if one disk fails then when you add a replacment disk this parity is used to rebuild your array.
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
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You must check if your bios detect your hard disk. check also if you r hard disk is sata and if it is on master jumper. see also it the HDD sata is enable in your bios. if all of this is ok, it must find the HDD. If not, you need to change your HDD.
Windows xp will usually only see 3.5 gbs of ram even in your motherboard can support more. WIndowns vista does recognize more RAM or i also believe windows xp 64bit recognizes more ram. Nothing wrong with ram or your computer its just your operating system.
Find the drives on the old server back them up via hard drive or cd/s etc get 2003 windows disc and load in onto new server, then copy over files from old server. Then use a program like nero back it up and have your new server copy all info to old server every week or day.
What operating system is the server using? What roles is the server doing (DNS/DHCP/DC/Exchange/etc). If it's a Windows 2003 SBS box, you're supposed to be able to run upto about 75 users. I would never run more than 30 users on an SBS box (and it'd have to be a very high spec). You may consdier bringing another server to do an aditional role (file/print) and leave the primary to be an SBS box
Yes, some systems (newer PowerEdge Servers, generally 6/7th Generation and above) have onboard VRMs.
1600sc is a 6th gen PowerEdge (with Simple Computing). I can checked and be absolute certain from within Dell. I'm on VAC until Saturday.
In the meantime, check the PRC model and revision and ensure that they match. Given that a single PRC POST/Boots, try upgrading (if not already) the system BIOS to latest revision.
If the PRC model/revision does match and you have the latest BIOS version, also if the VRMs are not needed, then from the Troubleshooting you have already done, we may conclude that the PRC 2 slot is faulty.
I will confirm the VRM query on Saturday.
PowerEdge 1600SC, BIOS A12 Update Package for Microsoft Windows - http://ftp.us.dell.com/bios/PE1600SC-BIOS-WIN-A12.exe
PowerEdge 1600SC, BIOS A12 Floppy Update Package - http://ftp.us.dell.com/bios/PE1600SC-BIOSA12.exe
It hangs there probably becuase one or more of the drives are dead or are almost there. Check and see the lights on the drives are falshing funny or too long or are yellow. If you find one of them that are that way, pull it out and then reboot.