Windows Server 2003 constant reboot with RAID degraded
Posted on 2013-06-13
RE: Dell PowerEdge T-100 with SAS 6 RAID-1 (2 physical drives, mirrored as 1) running Server 2003 STD.
I have a backup server running Server 2003 standard that is constantly rebooting. I can see the initial Windows splash screen with the progress bar but before it get to the login screen it reboots. Tried entering Safe Mode: no luck, it still reboots.
Entered the RAID controller utility and it shows one of the drives as "Missing". Although I know this needs to be repaired (replace drive and re-sync the RAID array), I know that it should still boot with only one drive. I know it can "see" the drive because it boots to the beginning of Windows.
I thought I could run a CHKDSK using the Windows Server 2003 installation CD but after booting it said that "Setup could not find any hard drives..." and must quit.
I would rather not purchase a new drive to fix the RAID until I can get the computer booting normally. And shouldn't the RAID work for now, even with a "missing" drive.
Am I just unlucky and have both a degraded RAID AND an unbootable Windows installation or are the two issues related? This is a headless backup server and is only monitored monthly. In other words...I don't know if the degraded RAID and the inability to boot happened at the same time. The computer had worked flawlessly for about 3 years.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Next steps? Thought?
Thanks for any help,