Server doesn't detect hard drive but embedded SATA raid software does
Posted on 2008-10-15
I have a server that crashed on Monday night (HP Proliant ML150 G3). Unfortunately the OS mirror i had setup was degraded and trying to boot from the mirrored drive didnt work. I am now currently trying to re-build the server from scratch and restore system state and exchange backups (created using ntbackup utility).
Im trying to install SBS back onto the hard drive that was supposed to be the mirrored hard drive however the server doesnt detect any hard drives are installed. By doesnt detect i mean when you try and run the SBS setup it says no hard drives can be found and also when you enter the BIOS there is no SATA drive detected.
However if you press F8 to enter the embedded SATA RAID configuration you can see the hard drive and also verify it's integrity, which i have done.
What i have tried:
I took the hard drive out and connected to it my laptop with a SATA-to-USB cable and formatted the drive. Still doesnt detect.
I have also deleted the raid array that i setup that was showing as failed anyway becasue there is only 1 hard drive installed.
Do I need to add a second hard drive and re-create an array before the server will see a hard drive? Im really stuck, please help
I am using a modified SBS install cd which has intergrated SATA drivers created using nlite as i dont have an external floppy drive.
I think i'll create another post to do with the confusion about resoring system state and installing/restoring exchange. the microsoft .doc i read doesnt really tell you much about restoring exchange, only that you cancel the wizard based setup after the base install to restore system state.