I have recently been given the above server for use as a games server, the problem I am having is that it refuses to boot from the RAID array?! I have checked in the BIOS and the RAID array is the first boot controller, and cannot even swap the 2 available (he second is the IDE controller).
When I try to Install Windows Server 2003, it appears to copy everything from the disc fine, but then won't boot from the hard drive to continue installation.
When I try Windows Server 2008 R2, I get to the point where I can change partitions etc... and I get the message "Windows cannot use this disc (more info)" when "more info" is clicked it says "You cannot boot from this device/drive, please check that it's controller is enabled in the BIOS".
Most annoying... What to do except install the OS to pen-drive for now and run lots of analytics?
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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.
What is your configuration is it Raid or Scsi?If its Raid you may need to re-create the Raid Array.Enter the Raid Array if this is the case make sure the drives are all on line.If its Scsi you may need to check the boot Drive.You may need to provide some more information in order for me to help you.
turns out the RAID enable in the bios is also used to enable the SATA. but this doesn't mean you have to use RAID to use SATA drives! there's a separate bios to configure the RAID that you can access after the initial boot screen by pressing tab. here, you can delete an existing array or create a new one. deleting the array makes the motherboard see both drives separately, like I wanted. problem solved :)
If the only drive you changed was the drive that failed and all the others are in the correct sequence, then that's a good thing.
The next question is, did you have this system setup in a RAID Array and if so, what RAID configuration were you using (RAID 0,1,5, etc.)? Some RAID configurations allow you to replace a failed drive and not lose data, but I will need to know more about how you set the system up in order to help you more.
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
You don't say whether or not your os is on the RAID 5 partition. Assuming that it is (for performance reasons, this is not recommended) then you should check to see if you have the option of configuring a separate raid configuration on your raid card (e.g. do you have a card with more then one RAID channel?) If this is so, I would create a separate RAID 1 array and install the OS just on that. Then you can mount the RAID 5 array with your data intact. Once you're up and running, you can remove the old OS partition, as it's no longer needed.