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Fixed disk not Seen on Poweredge 2950

DanChastain
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I have a new Poweredge 2950 with 3 SAS 160GB Seagate drives installed in slots 1,2 &3 I also have 3 Seagate 2 TB SATA drives installed in slots 4,5&6 . These drives also have the Dell HP592 PN939 Poweredge 2950 SATAu Interposer cards installed. When I tried to install Windows Server 2008 on machine the software does not see any drives.. In the BIOS setup I cannot see any drives also. In the BIOS utility setup I can see the drives in the Expandable RAID controller PD Management window and the info reported is correct. No RAID has been setup-up and I don't want any . I want to install the OS on the first SAS drive leaving all other drives  for data storage. Do I need to install some kind of driver when I try to install Windows Server or do I need to some how set up the installed drives in the BIOS somewhere? The PERC is an LSI 5/i .
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Try to install using Dell poweredge cd... put the cd first.. and then you can go through the steps to install the OS..

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Thanks. Can you advise as to where I may get this CD. I have looked on the Dell Support Page in the download section but did not find it. I tried the Dell System Management Tools and Documentation files, created an ISO image and burned the disk to install it but it did not work.

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Thank you. I'll download and burn a DVD. Try it out later this evening (have to get get to bed now). I'll let you know the results.
Did you configure the disk group array and initialize in the RAID configuration? You set this during POST.
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The PERC does NOT support non-RAID.  You said you don't want RAID, but you can't leave them unconfigured.  If you want to use the drives individually, you MUST create a single-disk RAID 0 for each drive.  If you don't want RAID of any kind, then you need a different controller.
I've seen PERC'S not recognize non certified desk top drives.
Are these ES or desktops from Seagate?

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Before you do anything it would be a good idea to flash the bios and the PERC with the latest upddate. I doubt either will have out the box support for 2TB disks.

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Thank-you to all who replied. PowerEdgeTech your comment made me realize what I was reading in the PERC 5/i guidewas true  and I did not want to accept it.
Again, thanks to all.
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I wish I could have given you the answer you wanted to hear :)

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Thank-you to everyone who helped. I was able to configure this server and learned a lot doing so.