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Posted on 2016-08-30
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Rebooted a server to look into some config settings.
Saw what I wanted and didn't make any changes.
Let the system reboot...and now it won't boot into Windows.
It goes through BIOS, and starts trying PXE boot instead of the internal C drive.
It fails, and then when I select the C drive, it goes right back into PXE boot.

The drives are configured as two virtual disks on a RAID controller.
I went into the configuration utility.
The virtual disks and associated physical disks are there. They are showing online.

What else can I check?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Check that the hard drive(s) didn't fail.  Servers usually have RAID controllers - go into the RAID controller and confirm it's not failed.  Boot off a Windows install media and see if the Windows installer sees hard drives.  This is almost certainly NOT a Windows problem (given your description) but a hardware problem.
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by:SeeDk
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On the server, I entered the ' PERC BIOS Configuration Utility'

There it is showing me two controllers. One Integrated and one an adapter.

Both controllers have Virtual Disks which are displaying as OPTIMAL.
All the physical disks are ONLINE.
I don't see any failed status anywhere from the controller.

I can't check booting off Windows right now since I am not on site. I am looking at all these settings via a remote KVM session.
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by:SeeDk
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This might be the issue:

VD0 is set as the boot disk. It is a RAID1.
One of the disks in that VD is showing a SMART error status.

Could this be the cause of the issue?
What are my options to get this to boot?
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Well, now it's booting up.

The second controller has a RAID 0 drive also configured as a boot drive and I selected that.
Thing is, I tried this before, since it was available under options for the C drive but it didn't work.

Now, after I closed the RAID config utility to just check all settings (I made 0 changes) that selection worked.
Not sure how to explain that.
The RAID 1 bootable disk still did not work though.

So with the server up, I look at these two disks with SMART errors in Open Manage Server Administrator.
They are both reporting 'Not Critical' and Predicted Failure =No.

What is a good test I can run on these drives to check if they should be replaced or not?
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by:SeeDk
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Fixed on my own
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