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Setting Up the Raid 1 and 5 with a New OS

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2850 and last week the machine itself would not recognize the D drive (which was configured Raid 5), I tried for the life of me to fix it without reinstalling the OS however the person who was going to work on the server said they wanted to new OS.  So I went ahead and installed a new OS however none of the Raid Arrays took affect meaning one was suppose to be Raid 1 and the other drive Raid 5.  I am starting from scratch and I need any help I can get.

Thanks in advance
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Does this help....
It seems what you want to do..
I have a number of 2850 with the setup you want and I am happy to talk you through it..

mekkattiljjAuthor Commented:
Yeah, it's kind of what I want but I got a little further I believe I was able to setup the arrays meaning during the bootup process I pressed Ctrl M, cleared whatever setting was there before selected New configuration in the Raid Ch-0 column I selected ID 0 and 1 by pressing spacebar hitting enter to end array pressing F10 to configure, Selecting box A-00 "Span-1" would appear again pressed F10 did the following:
LD of 0
Raid of 1
Size of 69880MB
#Stripes of 2
StrpSz of 64KB
Drive-State Optimal
Then accepted the changes and it took

For the other 3 drives did the same as above but
LD of 1
Raid of 5
Size of 279800MB
#Stripes of 3

Accepted and Initialized both Logical drives and rebooted the system but at the of the bootup I get
strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility
if I hit F1 I get the same thing over and over and if I hit F2 I'm not too sure what I need to change
It sounds like you need to change the boot options to boot off your os cd/dvd or enter the boot menu so you can select the boot device. You will then be able to install your os and everything should be good from then on.
I hope this helps. Good luck.
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It sounds to me like you have set the RAID up fine...
What OS are you aiming to install, are you going to use the Dell CD to start the install or use a OS CD...
Use OpenManage CD that comes with Dell system and configure the raid there. I am sure you will find good resources and procedure in that disc.
mekkattiljjAuthor Commented:
Sorry I just read the portion of insert the OS disc into the drive which I did (I am setting up Server 2003 enterprise) I pressed F6 during the setup process and it showed on the screen:

Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter.  Currently, Setup will load support for the following mass storage devices:


*To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special disk controllers ofr use with Windows, including those for which you have a divice support disk from a mass storage device manufacturer, press S

so I am assuming I press S and when I do that it looks as though i have to insert a disk into the A drive which disk is that and another thing I do not have such a floppy.
Great you are well on your way now..
Server W2k3 needs the RAID drivers in order to install. Unfortunately it has to be on a floppy...! else you have to create a slip stream CD..

If I remember correctly then you are look for a driver called mraid.sys..Here is the link to the Dell

You need to select the correct RAID controller, have  alook for it in the list.. Else log back out and type in the tag of the machine and it should know which card is in there..

Wack it on the Floppy and you shoudl then be able to see the drives and proceed with the install.
mekkattiljjAuthor Commented:
So far so good, until the OS is running the way I want I will leave this open just in cause I run into other errors.
No probs...
I will check back later.. Hope all is fine..
mekkattiljjAuthor Commented:
Alright, I appreciate it John your the man!!!

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