Dell PowerEdge 2950 Raid 5 Drive in Foreign State will not boot Server 2003 OS
Posted on 2009-05-20
There was a previous question asked by someone stating the following and I am having the same exact problem:
Today morning we've found an server that has somehow crashed over the weekend.
It's an Dell Poweredge 2950 with an Perc5/i adapter and 2 attached 70 GB SAS drives for raid1, and 4x 130gb SAS for Raid5.
If we try to boot the server the Perc5 adapter shows an error:
"Foreing configuration found. Press "c" for config utility, any other key to continue..."
"Continue" will result in try to boot from PXE-dhcp and repeat. Win2003 will not boot.
The difference in my issue is I have a 4 disk array and one of the disks is showing up in a foreign state. The resolution to that particular issue for that guy was he deleted the virutal disks and recreated them and everything fixed itself... I am afraid to try that without at least posing the question, will that really work? The drives appear to not be corrupted in any shape form or fashion when I go into the configuration manager - it allows me to "blink" all the drives so connectivity is good and it's reporting the drive sizes correctly and other than the "foreign" state of the one drive, everything else appears to be ok?
Any ideas on how to proceed from here?
Thanks in advance!