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I am attempting to install a new HD to our server as we are running out of space.  I powered down the Dell PowerEdge 2950, inserted the new 300 GB HD and then powered up the server.  The server is 2003 with all the updates minus explorer updates.  The server does not see the disk but I can see it is receiving power.  I also removed the disk and reinserted it a few times as well, but I am missing something I assume.

We have a simple set up for our server and I was just going to add the disk as a new drive all together.

I tried to go into Disk Management to do a simple initialize so I could format it but I could not see it there or in the My Computer area.

I assumed that this was going to be an easy task.
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by:coredatarecovery
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Check to be certain the cables are attached and that the drive is spinning up.
Also check the bios settings to ensure the port is enabled.
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by:SD_Bolts
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I doubled checked the back of the server and all looks good, from what I can see the disk is spinnning as the green light are on, so I know its receivng power.

I checked the system Event viewer for the time I restarted the file server and Got an Error 3019 "The redirector failed to determine the connection type."  I will not be able to verify the ports until later as several people are dependent on the server right now.
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by:coredatarecovery
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(You should check that the bios identifies the drive before you boot to windows.)
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by:SD_Bolts
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I will do this and post back.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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While I can't be certain, I would suspect you have a RAID controller. (You should - it's unwise to add a single disk and not have it in a RAID configuration).  You probably have to go into the RAID Controller's utility to enable the disk.  Strictly speaking, you should buy two and create a mirror out of them.
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by:SD_Bolts
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OK, this is what I know; I installed an SAS 300 GB HD for this server.  I went into the "Dell OpenManage Server Administrator" and I was able to see in here that the system sees the new drive.  The status is listed as good with a state of ready (the rest show online).  It shows all the information of the drive that I could find on the outside sticker attached by the manufacture.  If I go and physically remove the drive from the server, the small display turns orange to notify that the HD has been removed from the system.

I looked for a RAID control program (did not see one) as my main goal is to set this up as an individual drive on the server because it is going to be dedicated to a specific department.  When I go into Disk Management I do not see it there either.

So the point being, the system knows it is there, I just want to format it.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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So you don't care if that SINGLE drive fails?  The department's data isn't worth an extra $400?  I know it's new... but I've had new drives not work out of the box and others fail on me within 6 months - that warranty is going to replace the drive - not the hours of lost work and data.

I haven't used the newer OpenManager Server Administrator software - it may allow you to control the RAID configuration from there.  If not, you may need to reboot the server enter the RAID controller's BIOS to make the adjustment - you likely need to create a RAID Container - even if it's "JBOD" - Just a Bunch of Disk(s) - then it should be presented to the OS as an installed drive.
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by:SD_Bolts
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leew, I am sorry for the delayed response, I did not mention this before but I do have a second drive as well, I did purchase two at the same time, I am also planning on adding this drive to the back-up system as well, so should it fail, I have the content at least.  I currently run my back-ups to Full once a week, and differential daily.

I feel kinda of foolish not being able to set this drive up as needed, I know exactly what to do to format, once I see it, but just having trouble there,  I will following you recommendations and post back what I came up with, again thanks for all the useful information.
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by:SD_Bolts
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OK, I am sorry to be late again on this; I had to depart the area for personal reasons.  I dug up some new information while I was gone though.
Dell PE 2950 running a single Virtual Disk made up of 3 Physical 136 GB HD's.  The drive letters are listed as C: 20 GB, D: 251 GB, and F: 189 GB.  It is in a RAID 5 Configuration.  
I looked into creating a new Virtual Disk through the Open Manage with the new physical 300 GB HD, but it will only let me configure it in a RAID-0 Configuration.
I checked the Bio's and it shows 4 physical HD's, and 1 virtual HD, so the BIO's reads it correct.

Again the goal is to have it set up as a separate disk physically and virtually.  I have a secondary drive that will be used as a physical back up and also our tape back up as well should the disk fail.

All help is greatly appreciated.
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I go tit figured out, after hunting and checking around, before I can add the additional drives as stated above in a RAID-5, I actually need to add three of them.  It has been done.  I needed help from dell to get it done correectly.

Thanks everyone and sorry for leaving this out there for so long.
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