Windows SBS2003 won't load SAS HDD
Posted on 2012-09-13
HP Proliant ML350 SBS2003 Server with hot-swap SAS drive capability but only had 1 SAS drive in use. RAID was not in operation, so hard drive was Basic (not dynamic). Wanted to introduce a second drive and set up a software RAID using Windows Disk Management. So went into disk Management & changed the drive from Basic to Dynamic, which then required a re-boot.
Unfortunately, upon re-boot, it only gets as far as the "Windows Server 2003" banner screen for a few seconds, then keeps re-booting over again. Safe mode gives same results. Decided best course is to wipe this drive, re-load operating system & start over again, but before proceeding I need to get some data off. So took a clean drive & installed SBS2003 then slotted in my original drive... but although it sees it's there, it doesn't show it up as an actual drive. Did some searching and found a utility which can convert it back from being a dynamic drive to a basic drive, but before trying this, I want someone to reassure me that won't wipe the data off it!!.. or if it will, then is there any way I can get to the data? Surely the fact it gets a little way in loading Windows proves the Windows files are intact, and so presumably the other data is too, but how to get at them?