Dell PowerEdge 1900 won't recognize a 2 TB Sata Drive
Posted on 2009-12-29
I installed a Kingwin KF-91-bk (Mobile Rack) to the drive bay under the CD-drive on this Dell server. It installed without a problem. I also have three Hitachi 2TB Sata drives (HDS722020ALA330) which I wanted to mount in separate Mobile rack drawers and use one at a time as a Backup to Disk solution in a standard NTFS partition. I have three servers in my network and need that much disk space weekly for backup.
The server currently boots from a SAS raid (original config from Dell). The server runs fine and should continue to boot and run with the SAS configuration. I connected the KF-91-bk to Sata port B on the MB and went into bios and activated that port. When I boot, the 2TB drive is not found in Disk Management or Device Manager. The power LED stays on so I know the drive is powered up and I verified the sata data cable was connected properly.
I contacted Dell and they did not know if it would work because they have not tested it with a 2TB drive. They wanted to sell me theor RD1000 solution which costs about 10 times what i've invested. Any suggestions on how to get it working?