install driver for new Raid controller
Posted on 2014-07-21
I have a client that has a server (Windows SBS2003 on Dell T605 server) that recently failed to start. Upon inspection it appears a problem with the motherboard is the culprit which would require replacing the motherboard or soldering of parts. Server is not under warranty so going the Dell route was not successful - Dell was difficult to deal with and I didn't have the time to continue.
I removed the disk drives (2 - 750GB Sata drives in Raid - mirrored) and installed in a Dell Precision (I knew I would have issues with drivers because the hardware was different, but I thought the Raid controller was the same). Booted to the Raid bios and was able to activate the Raid, so I knew the drives were good. Booted to windows and get a BSOD shortly after the Windows logo appears. Set the server to 'not' reboot so I could see the BSOD - was getting 0x0000007b which equates to inaccessible boot device.
Now to my question - I assume this is due to the driver not matching the Raid controller. However, how would I get the driver on the OS since the OS is already installed? Is there a way through the repair option when booting from the CD? I wasn't able to try this, but am curious to see how to handle this.
Bottom line, we picked up a T605 server locally to try the drives in. Hopefully the servers are similar enough that we don't have the problem. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.