CERC SATA 1.5/2S on Dell SC420
Posted on 2009-04-04
I have a Dell PE SC420 running SBS2003. It was initially configured with 2 SATA drives in the dynamic disk/mirror configuration. Since I've found this to be unreliable in case of disk failure, I decided to swap out both drives and use the CERC SATA 1.5/2S controller.
First I used Symantec's BESR program to image the boot drive (the only program I've found able to clone a dynamic disk). When I turned on the controller and booted up using the BESR disk, I found that BESR does not support the RAID driver, and therefore had nothing to restore to. Next I used the Dell server install disk to do a new install. The setup program worked well and loaded the CERC driver correctly. I was left with a brand new OS and no way to restore the original image however.
Finally, to get the system running, I went back to a non-RAID config and restored the image onto the first disk. Whenever I try to enable the RAID controller and boot, it will go into continuous reboot. I recall seeing a post where someone added an entry into one of the .ini files referencing the CERC driver, and got this to work.
There is another post on this website talking about the Acronis product being able to load the driver and restore the image. I've tried Acronis as well and to my knowledge, it is also unable to load the driver. Does anyone know what entry I can make into what .ini file to enable the system to boot into the RAID config?