How do I get Windows server 2k3 on dell power edge 2950 to recover from a boot failure?

This is what we have:
Poweredge 2950
3 - SCSI 146gb drives
2 - SCSI 36gb drives
Perc Raid controller

Windows server 2003 was installed on one of the 3 - SCSI 146gb drives and used for data storage (File server). It's configured by assigning the 3 disks and created a logical RAID 5 volume. The other 2 are unused.

The problem I encountered was a boot failure. It occured when I saw a faulty indicator on one of the drives. I removed it and reinserted it back in while windows was running. When I reinserted the faulty drive, windows suddenly went bluescreen. When I restarted the server to boot to windows, just after the initial checks it returns a "No boot device available". I noticed during the checks, it couldn't detect the drives. It returned 0 logical drive(s) found on the host adapter.

How can I restore the drives to it's initial raid setup, and be able to boot to windows without loosing any data?
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slemmesmiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Trying removing the drive you had already removed (the one which you removed/reinserted) which appears to be broken.
Restart the server.
Replace the broken disk with a spare (e.g. you obtain from Dell).
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SELITAuthor Commented:
I have just done that and nothing changed. Still got the same message.
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willettmeisterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
you need to bverify that you os is still on your disks at this poiint.  Down Knoppix or something similar and see if you can read the OS. http://www.knoppix.net/.  I believe that it will be able to load the drivers for the perc controller without any modifications to the disk although it has been a while since I have tried.  You also should try to go into the RAID utility provided in the POST (ctrl-r i think) and see if your array looks ok there.
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SELITAuthor Commented:
The RAID configuration has been lost. Under controller 0, it says no configuration present! How can I get this reconfigured? I also have a Dell powerVault backup device that was connceted to the server and used for backing up files. If I do a reconfiguration of the RAID and it doesn't match with the former configuration before the crash, would it affect the file recovery from the backup device?
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SELITAuthor Commented:
Looking within the RAID utility, two of the larger drives state are not foreign. The other two that are unused has a "ready" status. The fifth drive is no longer seen. I guess that should be the bad one. The question is; Is this foreign status normal? What should I do now? Reset it? Clear or import the foreign drives?
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SELITAuthor Commented:
Looking within the RAID utility, two of the larger drives state are now foreign. The other two that are unused has a "ready" status. The fifth drive is no longer visible. I guess that should be the bad one. The question is; Is this foreign status normal? What should I do now? Reset it? Clear or import the foreign drives?
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willettmeisterCommented:
You may have a bad RAID controller instead of a bad disk or a bad backplane.  You should not have lost the configuration simply by replacing a drive.  

Foreign status is normal if the disk was added from another server.  They have never been added correct?  
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SELITAuthor Commented:
The disks are the same. It wasn't another disk. They were only removed and reinserted.
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willettmeisterCommented:
You said there were two disks that were not in the array when it was working.  Are you sure that they haven't always been foreign?
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SELITAuthor Commented:
The disks that now have the foreign status were the disks used for the data storage. I know this because of their sizes. It's one of them that is now bad. Also, their names are different from the smaller (36gb) ones.
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SELITAuthor Commented:
I believe one of both 146gb drives that are currently with the foreign status had a partition for OS. What should I do now?
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SELITAuthor Commented:
I have decided to do a total fresh installation of the server OS using the following:
3 - SCSI 146gb drives (Data files)
2 - SCSI 36gb drives (OS - RAID 1)

Will I be able to view data stored on the 146gb drives after this resintallation? And if not, how can I get this right such that I will be able to restore my data from the tape backup using the Dell PowerVault via windows backup?
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willettmeisterCommented:
You will need to import the configuration in order to see the data.  I don't think there is another way.
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willettmeisterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
As far as the restore option goes you will need to load the os and have the disk sizes approxiamtely the same size as they were before.  Also ensure that you have any service packs that were on the system before installed.  The restore shoudl be pretty straight forward though especially if you are just worried about getting the data back and not the OS.  The only thing that the os restore will really give you on a file server is the shares and local users which may or may not be necessary depending on your configuration.
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SELITAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot. I'd resolved to doing exactly that. I'd installed the OS on the 36gb(RAID 1) and had ordered for a replacement of the failed drive. When that arrives, I intend to configure a RAID 5 with the 146gb disks, import them, make windows volume and allow to rebuild itself. I hope this works Willettmeister. Thanks again.
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willettmeisterCommented:
if you run into any difficulties post again and I'll try to help you out.
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SELITAuthor Commented:
All information provided were useful in the whole process but the final solution was reinstalling the OS on the two 36GB disks and creating a RAID 5 on the other 3 146GB disks, then restoring data from backup tapes.
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