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

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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?
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by:McKnife
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Install the raid driver. Some controllers will have a raid and a non-raid driver
In any case: backup/image your system first.
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by:HairlipDog58
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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?

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Yes
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by:HairlipDog58
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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?
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PUNKY earned 250 total points
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In windows environment, install raid controller drivers. Restart system, access bios, change boot order, and then enable raid.
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Or boot from CD, F6 to install 3rd party drivers amd then go through repair process.
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