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i have a hp san that was recently installed. its a fibre channel san. its attached to 3 servers, 2 are running 2000 server and 1 is running 2003. one the 2000 servers and the 2003 one are working fine. all the firmware and drivers are up to date. the server that is not working is displaying the following symptoms:

1 . drive is showing up in my computer and computer mgt
2. when i try and access it , it says it needs to be formatted
3. when i try and format it, if i use fat, it goes to 99% and then crashes out saying volume is too big (cos san disks are 200 Gb and of course fat cant support that)
4. when i us ntfs, it just says straight away that the format failed or could not be completed

any ideas???
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blow away the virtual drive on the SAN and then recreate it, reattached to it, and format it then.

You could also attach to it from the other 2000 server, then format it with that server, disconnect from it and redirect it to the non-working 2000 server.
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but all three servers are connected to it. when you go to a working server, the drive is there and accessible as I:   it even has a little data in it. so formatting it on another server would not do anything would it??
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hi
sorry. have just found out that there are three luns set up. one for each server. two of them are working ok but the last isnt. as i said earlier i cant format it.
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this seems to be a problem with the server
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