Dell PowerEdge 400SC Not Recognizing Hard Drives
Posted on 2009-05-16
I have a 5 year-Dell PowerEdge 400SC server. For a very long time, each time I booted it up it was notifying me that my system battery level was low, but I would always just hit the F1 key and the computer would continue to boot up. Then today, it was no longer allowing me to hit F1 to continue, so I went ahead and replaced the CMOS battery using one that I pulled from a non-working eMachine tower.
Now when I boot up, I'm getting an error message that the hard drives are not being recognized:
Primary drive 0 not found
Primary drive 1 not found
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the Setup utility
When I go into the CMOS setup and select Drive Configuration, it shows "Unknown Device" for both Primary Master Drive as well as the Primary Slave Drive. I have 2 EIDE HDDs on this controller set up as Master & Slave.
When I select either the Master or the Slave in the CMOS, the next window says:
Drive Type: AUTO
If I select Drive Type, I can only toggle b/t AUTO & OFF.
I swapped out the IDE cable in case it had gone bad, but that didn't change anything. So I'm stuck on what to do next?