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I have a SATA Drive Nightmare going on

Posted on 2011-09-12
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 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 -
           lanmanjs
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Can you boot to the Smart Start CD and clear the RAID config on the controller?
Additionally, I would download the latest Smart Start firmware CD and upgrade the firmware of all of the connected devices from the CD.
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That's one of the things I tried to do - using the SmartStart CD.  So far nothing has worked.  Thank you for the thought though - I do appreciate it.  However, I haven't tried the firmware upgrade.  I'll have to give that one a try.  But there's no controller to upgrade.  The SmatStart CD cannot find one and the POST does not give me an opportunity to go into any drive configuration administration area.  Does anyone else know of this?  Anybody else experience anything like this and what was done to beat it back into submission?

         Thanks to all -
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This would up being a bad hard drive issue.  I was able to set the system back to defaults but the bad drive reeks havoc if it's in one of the bays.  However, all of the bays are working again - with the good drives in them - and the world is better.  Thanks for the reply to my issue artisticsoul.
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Once the drive was defined as bad this was the solution to set everything back to factory defaults.
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