cannot bring disks online Dell R900

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I have a new  to me R900 with perc 6/i .When i added two drives the lights blink orange. Going into the physical disk management under perc config utility, i see the drives in drive 2 and 3 however status is " failed " and force online option is greyed out . The only available option in pd management is to enable the led  blinking, which works . Whatns up?
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The comment "new to me" has me a bit worried, as who knows how these discs have been formatted. When the disk tries to load, if the format is unrecognizable, I am not surprised it does not mount.

Is there data on these drives you care about?  If not, I would format them in a compatible format on another machine (if there is not a format utility that will access them of your current machine) and try again.

If you care about the data, sounds like you will need to recover it on a machine that will mount those drives, format them, and then move the data back.

It is, of course, always possible that the drives are bad, but I suspect not.

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Does anyone know if there is a formatting utility on the R900 bios ? I checked the usual areas and google but no option or definitive answer.

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That is a good question as never done that. I am trying to discover the low level format if R-9000 drives. Might be able to format on a windows or Linux machine.

FYI: I'm not sure this is the cause but it is my best guess.
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Are you planning on making these a RAID?  Just curious, as a Google search on 'R900 Perc disk formatting returned a lot of hits on setting up disks.
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Apparently the 6i PERC being used ony supports up to 2tb physical drives..I ws using 3 tb drives

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If you had actually said they were 3 TB drives in the question, that would have been the obvious answer, they are too big.  Did not assume that given you did not mention their size. Sorry about that.  Suggest too much info in your question next time.

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as per dell

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