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Raid 5 Config Failure

I have a dell PE 2600 Server and am not sure what controller is in it I think it is a perc3. I have lost the raid config and it will not boot up at all. I was looking into raid reconstructor but was wondering what I should use to connect the 3 drives with to a different machine. I dont have any spare scsi raid controllers laying around. Is there anything that I can plug into a laptop that will allow me to connect the 3 drives so I can use raid reconstructor.
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What do you mean it won't boot up at all? Can or can't you get to the BIOS? If you can get to the BIOS check if you can turn off RAID on the controller. The disks should then be seen as individual Disks, and you could run RAID the RAID reconstructor on them via a separate Windows installation on an additional HD, or via a UBCD4WIN from which you boot the server with (there should be a WinPE version of the RAID reconstructor you could add to the CD).


If the server itself is dead, you don't need a RAID controller to attach the disks to, but rather you just attach them as individual HD's to a SCSI controller. The tool reads each disk separately and then combines them to one image file (you need enough free space on a separate media to take that file). But you'd better look for a desktop PC with SCSI controller (or try connecting the RAID controller from the server to one), and not for a laptop interface, they would be much more expensive.
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Is this the onboard RAID controller (PERC 4/Di) or is it an add-in card (PERC 4/DC or PERC 3/DC)?

Boot into the RAID utility (CTRL-M) and go to Configure, View/Add ... does it prompt you for NVRAM or Disk View?  If so, choose Disk View and Save Config on exit.  If not, what drives are listed and what is the status of the drives?
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It is a PERC 3/DC I went into the bios config using the contrl a and it shows the 3 drives and my 2 partitions ont 10gb and another 120 gb The container status is showing dead.

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What type of scsi controller should I buy and cabling. My drives are 80 pin scsi ultra 160 drives and are powered by the scsi connector on the back plane.  
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