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Poweredge 2300 will not read disk after OS install

I have been reading the posts on this subject and have seen a few posts on the subject, but have not seen any definate resolutions. I have configured the array and booted with the os disk. The setup would partition the drive, format the drive and successfully copy the files to the C drive. then it will reboot and I get the read/write error. I am a llittle confused because it must read and write to the disk to format and partition it. Can anyone give me a definate anwser to this problem? booting with a 98SE boot disk might work, but will not format with a NTFS file system.
Any more ideas? I have tried downloading the drivers for the raid and scsi, but from what I can tell windows SBS 2000 has the drivers on the disk. I would appreciate any help offered.
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You can use a install dvd for windows 2008 and then use the recovery console to try to view or copy your information.

Another way is to create a bootable CD with windows 2003 with UBCD software. You would have to add your storage drivers but eventually you can boot from this CD and then access your ntfs partitions to copy or backup your information.

IF the disk is not accessible you can use a tool like getdataback from runtime. Its a great tool, seek in the whole disk reading sector and trying to find info even in failed disk and unformatted disk.

Maybe this tool could help too.
SBS 2000?   My guess is that either the drivers, controller firmware, or both are incompatible.  Win2000 went EOL in 2005, so unless something says otherwise, you can't  count on anything, including microsoft disk-related patches to work if they came out after that period.

Look at the Dell site for drivers, and take the time to read the release notes, and go back in time to previous revisions until they specifically mention a fix for Windows 2000.  The first revision that has no windows-2000 fix is the first build that you have to suspect there will be no support.  Remember also, that any MSFT patch after 2006 is highly suspect to break Win2000, unless it specifically addresses Win2K one way or another.

Two suggestions

1.  Just for grins, try to install LINUX on the system.  If you are successful, then you can write off bad hardware.
2.  The only other practical alternative, is to load a supported O/S, and then run Win2K on that same system as a virtual machine.   (Or just run Win2K as a VM somewhere else and cannibalize this system).


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