Invalid Partition Error
Posted on 2009-04-10
I have a client running an IBM xSeries 235 Model 8671GAX server with Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition installed. We recently connected a USB external hard drive to the IBM server and when we reboot the server the boot sequence hangs with the error 'Invalid Partition'. If I disconnect the USB hard drive and reboot I can boot into Windows.
I booted the server into System Setup and verified the boot sequence. The boot sequence is set to the following order: 1. CD-ROM, 2. hard disk 0, 3. Floppy Drive, 4. Network.
There is no option to boot from the USB device. I can not find any way in BIOS setup to stop the server from attempting to boot from the USB device if it is connected. The USB device in question is a Buffalo DriveStation (500GB).
The IBM server is running IBM BIOS v1.11 08/06/03, BIOS Build Level GRE147AUS.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.