Proliant ML350 G3 Server tries to boot from external devices

Posted on 2009-12-22
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
we have an HP proliant ml350 g3 server running windows 20003 sp2. We installed a SIIG E-SATA PCI controller in the system and have attached an ICY DOCK to the controller. The ICY DOCK holds 1 TB drive. Whenever the drive is attached to the server via the E-SATA controller or a USB cable, the server will not boot. The server normally will tell us that it cannot find a system disk. We have checked the Standard Boot Order in the BIOS and it reads as FLOPPY, CDROM, HARD DRIVE C, PCI NIC. The Controller Boot Order is listed as SMART ARRAY CONTROLLER, INTEGRATED PCI IDE CONTROLLER, SCSI ADAPTER PORT 1, SCSI ADAPTER PORT 2. We've already updated all the drivers and firmware on the server. HP is clueless as to what is going on. Has anyone ever ran in to a situation like this? We find it hard to believe that there is no way to boot this server while having an external drive attached to it.
Question by:StarfishTech
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    Accepted Solution

    I have met this problem already several times and to some reason BIOS gives the priority in boot to eSATA drive. And I have never been able to overcome this problem in a simple way.
    But a question - do you use SCSI drives?
    As far as I could gather from internet the eSATA device is considered to be SCSI device in BIOS (or was in past).

    Author Comment

    Yes, we do have SCSI drives in the server.
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    Expert Comment

    i agree - i have the same problem when i attach a sata drive, to a system that is supposed to boot from an ide drive - it just starts from sata.
    i suspect the boot priority search is somehow coded into the bios.
    i also never found a solution; even contacted Asus for it - but NO help at all..
    you can only disconnect your drive for booting imo..
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    Expert Comment

    How many devices do you have in BIOS? If more than one then it could happen that one of them is eSATA. Change the priority if possible.

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