Perc 3/DC Drive Failure on Raid5

I have a Perc 3/DC controller every time I set up a RAID 5 array the last drive fails. I am getting an background initialization error in Open Manage when I format the new Logical Drive. Any Help would be great.
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VictorJuriAsked:
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katacombzConnect With a Mentor Commented:
OK,  as the id's go the controller by default is taking id 7 so it would be like this.

7--------------------0---1---2---3---4---terminator
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katacombzCommented:
have you tried a different drive in the last slot?

if you swap the first adn last drive adn try again and the siiue follows the drive then its the drive, if it stays with the slot then it is the backplane.

if issue with the drive try connecting it to a standard scsi adapter and run a verify on the drive.

this is all provided this is a new array you are creating, not an existing array with data already on the disk.

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VictorJuriAuthor Commented:
Yes this is a new array that is being created. The drives are not hotswaps so there really is no backplane just a standard scsi cable. A new one too, bought it 3 days ago. I have suffled the drives and its always the last drive.
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katacombzCommented:
is the cable terminated? do any of the drives have a term enabled jumper set on them?
even though it is a new cable have you tried another one?
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VictorJuriAuthor Commented:
The first drive has the term jumper the other two don't. Is that correct? Just got another cable about to try it.
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pgm554Commented:
The last drive in the SCSI chain should be terminated.

Should look like this:

SCSI card>drive0>drive1>drive2>termination
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pgm554Commented:
If these are LVD SCSI drives (which I believe they are)the spec says that you cannot terminate on the drive itself.
You need an LVD cable and external terminator.

See:

http://www.seagate.com/support/kb/disc/ultra2_scsi_lvd.html
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VictorJuriAuthor Commented:
Does it matter if drive0 is the first or last connected on the scsi cable?
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katacombzCommented:
disk 0 should be the first
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VictorJuriAuthor Commented:
If this is the cab le which is the first one?

0------------1----2----3----4

0 connects to the perc 3. Is Connector 1 the first one or connector 4?

hate to be astickler for detail but I have spent so much time on this and its getting down to crunch time for this server.

Thanks
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pgm554Commented:
>Does it matter if drive0 is the first or last connected on the scsi cable?

No,as long as the jumper ID's are set up correctly,you can have it in any order you want.

On hot swap backplanes,moving drives out of their original order will cause issues in that the ID's are assigned according to slot number.

The SCSI card auto terminates, so as long as the SCSI devices are between the termination and not outside of it ,you should be fine.
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