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New Hot Swap SAS drive not showing in Dell R510 running Server 2008

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I have a Dell R510 server and want to add another drive to it that will be used as a temporary drive while we are doing a data migration.  The server has room for 10 hot swap drives and currently has 8 drive bays in use.  I purchased another SAS hot swap drive from Dell and inserted into the server (while running) but the new drive does not show in My Computer or even under Computer Management.  All drives in the server are SAS.  The server is running Server 2008 R2.  Should the new drive not appear under Computer Management after inserted?  I even waited about 9 hours and then rebooted the server.  Any one now how to get the new drive so it is usable?
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by:Seth Simmons
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Open disk management and see if the drive is there.  When you open it it should prompt to initialize the disk then you can create a partition, format, and assign drive letter; then it will be usable.
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Did you check for the drive in the RAID controller during POST?
Also check for it under 'Disk Management'
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I apologize.  I should have said Disk Management rather than Computer Management.  The drive is not showing under Disk Management.  I did not check for the drive under RAID controller during post as I rebooted the server remotely.  I was under the impression the drive would show up without reboot.
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Do you have the DELL Management tools for the RAID loaded, you could check there.
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Once installed, open the console and on the left expand storage, then your controller, then connector (probably connector 1) then enclosure then physical disks and see if that new drive is there.
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Thanks for the tip and the link.  I downloaded and installed the Dell Open Manage.  I found the drive in question and for :state: it has ready and for :power status: it has spun down.  
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When you went into disk management, did you do a disk rescan?
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by:perk83
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sure did.  a couple of times.
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just thought of it...

in open manage, under storage, select virtual disk.  There is a link on the right to go to create new virtual disk wizard.  With only that 1 drive available, you should have the option to create a raid 0 for that one drive.   Follow the wizard then once it's done, check disk management again.
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Check to see if it is setup as a 'hot spare'
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Do I need to create a new virtual disk in OpenManage with just that one new drive?  I do not want it to be a part of any exisiting array, but merely a stand alone drive.
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yes create a new virtual disk as raid 0 with that one drive
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ha.  at the same time.  Ok, I created the new virtual disk and it shows in Open Manage as Virtual Disk 3 "ready" and shows spun up now.  It also shows in Disk Manager as unallocated space but will not allow me to setup a new simple volume on the unallocated space.  Is this a matter of time?
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in the drive list (disk management), is that new drive marked as uninitialized?
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listed as not initialized
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that's why....on the left where it says drive 2 (or whatever the number is) right click there and select initialize.  then it will show as online and you will be able to create a partition.
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You rock!  Thanks so much for the help.  All is well now and I have a new drive for backup space.
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