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HP Proliant Server ML350 G5 - Boot from IDE hard disk

Posted on 2010-01-10
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Last Modified: 2016-06-26
We're upgrading our operating system on an HP Proliant Server ML350 G5.

Right now we have a raid 1 array setup with 2 disks in the drive bays. It is configured in the bios as one logical drive. Windows Server 2003 boots off this.

I booted to UBCD4WIN and used rawcopy to clone the logical drive to a Western Digital 320gb IDE hard drive. I'd like to plug this hard drive into the IDE port on the server and boot off of it. This way they still get to use their server while I play with the RAID array and install the new OS.

But when I try to boot off the IDE drive it just doesn't do it. Either it boots to the existing RAID array, or if I unplug the array it skips the drive altogether and drops me to a network boot.

Is there any way I can boot off this IDE drive?
Question by:Frosty555
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Have you changed the BIOS boot order settings and does the server see the IDE drive in BIOS?
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The server's bios is pretty strange.... it doesn't actually show a list of hard drives anywhere (except the raid array). But the drive is shown in UBCD4WIN and also when I boot the server normally, so I'm pretty sure it is being recognized fine.

Drilling down into the boot configuration it has one list listing thigns like the Floppy, CDROM, "Hard Disk C:", "USB Key Drive", and Network/PXE boot.

Inside Hard Disk C: I can rearrange the order of three items - HP SmartArray (the raid drives), HP PCI Bus (not sure what that is), and Primary IDE Bus (which I assume is the hard drive I want). For some reason the IDE one is stuck in position 2, can't move it. Bu tI can re-arrange the order of the HP Smart Array and HP PCI Bus, I've put the PCI bus at the top.

That's about as far as I got with boot order, at the point that I posted this question.
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Damn.... well that settles that. No wonder I was having so much trouble.

Okay, I'll open another question for my other issues. Thank you.
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