Smart array 5i just keeps initializing

Posted on 2006-04-21
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Here is the scenario.
I have a Compaq Proliant DL380 G2 server
It has a smart array 5i embedded

Everytime I boot up the server it just keeps initializing the smart array 5i on and on and on. Then it finally says "non-system disk or disk error".  

I have only three drives in the server and the first drive the "arrow light" stays on, once I turn on the server.  This lets me know that the array will not initialize.
What is making this do this?  Is my controller gone bad?  PLEASE HELP, this is a production clustered server.
Question by:Yves Mellet
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    Expert Comment

    Boot the server with the smartstart CD, it should be able to tell you what is wrong.

    Author Comment

    by:Yves Mellet
    I have tried and it will not boot to the smart start CD.  

    If I put in  a new array card and cahgne the boot order will I lose all the data on my current hard drives
    LVL 87

    Expert Comment

    The array info is written on the disks, but make sure you attach them in the same sequence as now.

    Author Comment

    by:Yves Mellet
    I put the new array card in and it seemed to start booting up find.  But then it almost got to the point I could log in an dI got the BSOD.  It says "STOP INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE" .  Does this mean I have to rebuild from scratch?
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    Accepted Solution

    Sounds like a driver issue.
    Are these RAID cards exactly the same?
    Model # ,BIOS rev,etc?
    What you might have to do is do a repair/reinstall of windows using the newer(or older)device driver for that RAID card by hitting F6 when it asks for 3rd party drivers.
    Reinstalling/repairing won't screw the data up.

    Author Comment

    by:Yves Mellet
    I reseated the new array card and all the drives cam up with no problem with the data.  Thanks for all your help

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