Windows server 2003 locks up during format of HDD
Posted on 2007-10-08
We have a windows 2003 server running on an HP ML150 G2 with SATA HDDs on the embedded Host Raid adapter from Adaptec - the AAR81xx series.
There are 4 internal SATA HDDs and 1 external USB HDD on this server. Drives 0 and 1 are 80 G (software mrrored in Windows, not in host rAID), Drive 2 is 160 GB - 1primary partition , drive 3 is 230 GB - 1 primary partition, drive 4 is the external USB 230 G drive. We want to reformat Drive 2.
We are using Windows Server 2003 Disk Manager to format the 3rd drive (drive 2).
Accessing the server via RDP going to the console mode (mstsc /v:serveranme /console), I started disk manager and then right-clicked on the drive2 and selected "Format", After I stared the format of drive 2 in diskmanager, , I right clicked on drive 4 (the 5th drive - the USB drive) in disk manager, and then selected properties, the disk manager window went into hourglass mode displaying nothing. Then any attejpt to go to menuyes, right click on task bar, etc ... all things did not respond. Disk manager window still has hourglas, rest of desktop shows mouse moving, but the session responds to nothing. when I go to another computer and try to connect via remote desktop to a non-console session, I see message about computer being busy and later that client could not establish a connection. In either case, no access was possible. meanwhile, back at computer where I established the original RDP /cosnole connection, the RDP window was still open, the mouse over the Diskmanager still whent to hourglass mode but returned to mouse pointer over other parts of desktop - but the sesionis responding to notheng - not even ctrl-alt-end to force console up.
What's the underlying problem?. Is it really stuck in a tight loop? Do I hve any way to get control again without going to the big red solution (power off/power on)?