Solved

How to enable hardware RAID after Windows Server 2003 SBS has already been loaded and configured

Posted on 2007-11-29
8
420 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I have a Dell PowerEdge SC420 with hardware RAID (not enabled yet) running Windows Server 2003 SBS. The server acts as domain controller.

My goal is to enable RAID 1.

I enabled RAID via BIOS and rebooted. RAID BIOS Controller messages showed up indicating two healthy disks. Booting continued to show Windows Server 2003 starting up, then system immediately rebooted. This continued in endless cycle until I disabled RAID in BIOS.

Any ideas on how to enable hardware RAID after SBS has already been installed?
0
Comment
Question by:HairlipDog58
8 Comments
 
LVL 53

Expert Comment

by:McKnife
ID: 20378885
Install the raid driver. Some controllers will have a raid and a non-raid driver
In any case: backup/image your system first.
0
 

Author Comment

by:HairlipDog58
ID: 20379212
I'm able to get into the BIOS and enable RAID, then a re-boot proceeds to show the Adaptec RAID configuration with both drives listed as healthy.

Are you suggesting that I need to Install a RAID driver for Windows Server?

0
 
LVL 53

Expert Comment

by:McKnife
ID: 20380372
Yes
0
Best Practices: Disaster Recovery Testing

Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to the development of such a plan and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning.

 

Author Comment

by:HairlipDog58
ID: 20383200
Unless I'm missing something, that does not seem possible.

When the Raid driver is enabled in BIOS, Windows does not boot, hence no way to install driver.

Do you have a suggestion on how to install Windows RAID driver?
0
 
LVL 39

Accepted Solution

by:
PUNKY earned 250 total points
ID: 20383423
In windows environment, install raid controller drivers. Restart system, access bios, change boot order, and then enable raid.
0
 
LVL 55

Assisted Solution

by:andyalder
andyalder earned 250 total points
ID: 20387560
Or boot from CD, F6 to install 3rd party drivers amd then go through repair process.
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Having issues meeting security compliance criteria because of those pesky USB drives? Then I can help you! This article will explain how to disable USB Mass Storage devices in Windows Server 2008 R2.
Ever notice how you can't use a new drive in Windows without having Windows assigning a Disk Signature?  Ever have a signature collision problem (especially with Virtual Machines?)  This article is intended to help you understand what's going on and…
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…

911 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

18 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now