Change SCSI Controller Card

Posted on 2009-04-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I have an older PowerEdge 1600SC w/ onboard SCSI controller (win2k sbs).  It died Friday, and I've determined that the onboard SCSI controller has failed.  I've disabled the onboard SCSI and threw in another card, but I get inaccessible boot device 0x000007B.

I read that I will receive this message when the mass storage controller is changed (  

It starts to boot, looked promising, then blue screen.

I'm able to boot from CD and go to recovery console.  Can't run chkdsk.

Wasn't sure what other peoples thoughts were on this.  I was debating doing a Windows Repair, but since its running AD, Exchange, etc., I was hesitant.  I really don't want to redo this thing from scratch, but getting a replacement MB from Dell will take until at least Tuesday (at the earliest), and I don't want to be down that long.

Looking for thoughts/suggestions.  Read to try a fdisk /mbr, but since it was booting, wasn't sure that would do anything.
Question by:bshrift
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    Accepted Solution

    You need a compatible SCSI controller, preferably same chipset.

    IF RAID then even more so

    I hope this helps !

    Author Comment

    What do you mean "compatiable scsi controller"?  The scsi controller works, sees the drive, even starts to load windows.  
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    Expert Comment

    When you switch SCSI controllers you should use a controller of the same make, model and firmware revision of the old controller.
    Anything less is hit-miss.

    Author Comment

    I understand that......but, that is not an option at this point in time.  I'm looking to see if there is any sort of  work-around that will get a non-exact match controller card working?  I can order a new MB from Dell, but it won't get here until Tuesday or Wednesday.
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    Assisted Solution

    You might get lucky with an add-in card that uses the same scsi chip but I wouldn't count on it.


    Author Comment

    by:bshrift dice....that's what I thought.

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