I have a SATA Drive Nightmare going on
Posted on 2011-09-12
I am having a bit of a problem imaging a server with Windows. Here's the order of events. I have a server with 4 1TB SATA drives in it. The server is an HP Proliant ML310 latest gen. I put in the Smartstart DVD and was going to use it to image the system with Windows Server 2008 R2. However, there isn't a controller to set up the RAID5 technology I was looking for. I was not able to hit an F8 and create a hardware RAID either. I went ahead and imaged the server on one of the drives with the OS and everything worked just fine. At that point I was going to set up a mirrored image. I started the process using Windows Disk Administrator. It eventually failed. At that point I could no longer get past the POST of the reboot. It hangs on reboot. Now, if I have drives in either of the first two drive bays (left side of the server) it will not go past the POST of the boot sequence. If I have a drive in either of the right two drive bays (right side of the server) I could boot the system and image it with Windows. There are two thick red cables connecting the circuit board of the dirves to the motherboard of the server. Can any one tell me how to set the system back to factory defaults so I can have drives in any bay and get it to work? I have tried everything I can find or think of to set it back to factory but nothing has worked.
Any help would be greatly appreciated and thanks -