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I just installed a PCI card in a computer (that was working before) so I could have to mirrored drives. Everything is setup and the mirrors appear to be working, etc.
But now when it boots it will get to just before the Server 2003 loading screen is going to come up and it will reboot.
I've tried setting the BIOS back to defaults, I've tried setting it to boot from SCSI because that's what the card is, I've tried resetting the boot drive in the RAID's BIOS....nothing seems to work.

If I unplug IDE cable 1 and plug it into the motherboard the computer will boot properly.

It's something to do with the SCSI RAID card, but I just can't find a reason for it. I've been through the manual over and over.

Does anyone have a possible solution for something like this??
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joedoe58 earned 750 total points
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You have to add the drivers for your raid card to the OS.
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The drivers are all installed for the RAID card.

I booted back into the OS by plugging cable 1 into the MB and checked in device manager. It's listed there without yellow exclamation marks, red x's, etc.

I'm afraid it's something else besides the drivers...

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Can you boot into safe mode?
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I'll give that a shot the next time I'm in and see what it's reaction is....
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same reaction as when I try to boot Windows regualarly. After it goes down the file list of what it's doing in safe mode, it will just reboot the box on it's own.
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I did see in the event viewer that it's having a problem with the RAID card's driver so I uninstalled it and did it again. When I go into the RAID software it shows the RAID 1 that I have working, but how do I get access to it?
In the RAID software I can only see the RAID, that it's working, delete or recreate it.

In My Computer the only drive that shows up is the one that I have plugged into the MB with the OS on it. I need to get access to the other two drives that are plugged into the RAID card so I can set the sharing on folders, permissions, etc.

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okay, I got the Mirrored drive to come up. It turns out that the drive letter wasn't assigned so when I went into disk management and just assigned a letter, it came up and was usable.

I suppose I can leave it like this and if the OS goes down just format and reinstall, but I was hoping to mirror the OS drive and the DATA drive. Right now I just have the DATA drive mirrored and plugged into the RAID card and then the OS drive plugged into the MB.
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I gave the points to you joedoe58. Although I had the drivers installed, things seemed to start working better after I uninstalled the card and installed it again.
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