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Adding Replacement Hard Drive in Server 2008.

Posted on 2014-01-28
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Hello,

I few weeks ago my server hard drive failed (D:/), I just purchased a new one and what to know how I should install it.  I inserted the drive and the server is running as normal, how do I see the new drive?
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Question by:cddl
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by:mlongoh
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Depends on your configuration.  If you inserted the drive and drive D: does not show up, then you may need to format the new drive and then restore the data from your backup.

Can you tell me how many physical drives you have in the server and how many show up in the operating system?
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by:cddl
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I have 2 physical drives configured c:/ and d:/, when D:/ failed c:/ was still running.  I didn't setup the server but i'm thinking D:/ was only storage.  Right now only one drive shows up.
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by:mlongoh
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If you installed the drive correctly, then it should show up in Computer Management's Disk Management section as an unformatted disk.  Hold the Windows key and tap R to bring up the run dialog.  Enter compmgmt.msc and hit enter to open the Computer Manager.

The left hand tree should have a Storage option and under that Disk Management.

Click on Disk Management and you'll see the drives that your server recognizes.

One will be your C: drive (don't mess with that).  Another should show indicating the new drive - you can right-click on that and prepare/format it.  During that process you should be able to assign a drive letter and once the formatting is done, you should be able to access the drive and put data on it.
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by:cddl
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I went to the Disk Management, only the C:/ is showing.
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by:mlongoh
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Open a CMD prompt and run Diskpart.

in DiskPart type List Disk.  Tell me what shows.
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by:cddl
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Disk 0 ONLINE.  That's it.  I going to check the array.  I know two logical drives are present.
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by:mlongoh
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Whoa... there's an array or just two physical drives?
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As the server was booting it had Array with two logical drives.  Press F1 or F2 to replace drive and use backup to recover data.
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by:mlongoh
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Ahhh... so you have a drive array and you need the array to recognize the new drive.
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by:cddl
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After looking at server options I used the server hard drive replacement option that rebuilt the damaged files.
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