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Diagnosing hard drive that will not replicate on HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8

Jacob Bushnell
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Hello, I took over management of a HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 hypervisor running VMWare. One of the hot-swappable hard drive lights gave an error so we purchased a new one, and swapped it out. After doing that, the system locked up, so we had to re-boot the hypervisor.

Then, the new hard drive would not sync, and continues to give a flashing amber light. Just to make sure it was not a bad hard drive we tried a 2nd one, with the same results.

How do I go about troubleshooting what is the problem with this hard drive not syncing?

Thank you,
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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do you have a hardware issue with the back plane ?

It's recommended and advisable to install ESXi to a USB flash drive or SD card, and run in embedded mode, ESXi is designed for this, and use the spinning rust just for the datastore.
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Thanks for your input.

I do not know if my back plane is bad, that is what I am trying to determine.

If I can run ESXI from a flash drive will it allow me to access tools for troubleshooting. Is that the only way to view the error codes for the amber light on that drive?
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Jacob
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If you don't want to install HPE tools on ESXi to get the report then alternatively you can reboot to Intelligent Provisioning and under maintenance you will find HPSSA GUI which can also generate the report.

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