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SCSI RAID and SCSI stand alone:  how is boot sequence determined in Windows ?

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Hi all.

I am reconfiguring a 3yr old server for home use:  Dell Power Edge 1300.  I have a SCSI hard drive connected to the integrated SCSI controller, and if that is all I have, the server boots to OS just fine.  When I add the SCSI RAID card, I do not boot to OS.

I have installed a Dell / Adaptec PERC II Controller card, with four SCSI drives configured for RAID.  Once I configured the drives (two arrays of RAID-1 = 4drives...  dont ask why... there is a reason), the integrated SCSI driver loads first, then the RAID controller, then BAM !  no boot drive found.

Perhaps it is the order that the SCSI controllers iniate ?  If so, I do not know how to change the order.

Thoughts ?

-- e-John
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Clarify something - the error your getting - is it a Windows error about finding the boot drive (at any point do you see anything Microsoft?)  Or is it a SCSI/RAID controller error?  Can you post the EXACT Error message?
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>>> Clarify something - the error your getting - is it a Windows error about finding the boot drive (at any point do you see anything Microsoft?)  Or is it a SCSI/RAID controller error?  Can you post the EXACT Error message? <<<

This is BIOS error message.  Since I am not booting, this is well before any OS load, so independent of Operating System (which happens to be Win 2003 Server)  Error is as follows:

>> No boot device available -
>> strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility

The point here is that I cannot seem to find a place to configure boot seqence when using two (2) SCSI controllers.

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You have to disable the boot settings in the SCSI controller's Setup- I don't remember exactly where, but I think if you disable the controller's BIOS this will do it.
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by:e-John
ID: 13416363
>>>You have to disable the boot settings in the SCSI controller's Setup- <<<

Okay, I tried that, and I was able to boot, but then the entire RAID array is not visible / available, so that is not a good idea.

-- e-John
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by:Lee W, MVP
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What do you mean it's not visible/available?  You did that to the RAID card or the SCSI card?  I said do it to the SCSI Card.  The RAID card needs to be enabled as a boot device.  Also, what OS are you trying to install/use?
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by:e-John
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Thanks for the help, and I apologize for not being clear:

IDE Controller
Device 0  CD drive

SCSI Controller
Device 0  SCSI hard drive with Win 2003 Server OS
Device 1  SCSI tape drive

RAID Controller
4 SCSI hard drives configured as 2 logical drives (using RAID 1 mirroring)

I want to boot from drive with OS, and once into the OS, I should see the RAID array as
drive E
drive F

I am able to boot to OS if I disable the RAID array.  Otherwise, I cannot boot to OS with both the SCSI controller and the RAID controller working.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Ok, that makes more sense.

Go into the RAID controller and look around for a setting to change that might be related to booting and disable it (It's been a while since I worked with PERC2 cards).  Alternatively, try swapping the SCSI Card and the RAID Card in their PCI slots.  That's what generally determines the boot order.
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