Dell Poweredge 2800 will not reboot after RAID 5 install

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Dell PowerEdge 2800
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I have a Dell Poweredge 2800. My situation is that i added 2 hard drives and setup Raid 5 successfully. I installed windows server 2003 and it finds the drives. "a disk read error has occurred" Any help?

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Pressler2904 | Dec 11 2008 6:46PM GMT

This is going to sound “out there”: If your RAID card is NOT an embedded card, move it to a different slot and re-try.

If this fails, or if you have an embedded card, grab the latest drivers for your controller from the Dell site and extract to floppy disk (FDD). (NOTE: you MUST use an FDD to access these drivers. As of Win2K3 SP1, this requirement was still hard coded into the OS. Not sure about SP2 or later…)

Restart your server with the Win2K3 CD in the CD drive and boot from it. press F6 when asked if you need to supply third party storage drivers, and point to the FDD with the drivers created previously. This of course presupposes that you have a floppy drive attached to your server in some way (USB drives will work, but you may need to set your BIOS to recognize them…).

When the drivers (including those on the FDD) are loaded, repair the installation. You should be OK at this point…

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  • DELLDennisS
    Hello, When you say you added to drives, did you reconfigure the array or did you delete the existing array and create a new one with all the drives? Were there any problems installing the OS? Has it ever succesfully booted to the OS?
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  • ITKE
    I created a new array with all the drives. Didnt see any issues when installing the OS. It wont even get to the OS cant even boot from disk.
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  • Pressler2904
    This is going to sound "out there": If your RAID card is NOT an embedded card, move it to a different slot and re-try. If this fails, or if you have an embedded card, grab the latest drivers for your controller from the Dell site and extract to floppy disk (FDD). (NOTE: you MUST use an FDD to access these drivers. As of Win2K3 SP1, this requirement was still hard coded into the OS. Not sure about SP2 or later...) Restart your server with the Win2K3 CD in the CD drive and boot from it. press F^ when asked if you need to supply third party storage drivers, and point to the FDD with the drivers created previously. This of course presupposes that you have a floppy drive attached to your server in some way (USB drives will work, but you may need to set your BIOS to recognize them...). When the drivers (including those on the FDD) are loaded, repair the installation. You should be OK at this point...
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  • Pressler2904
    CORRECTION TO PREVIOUS POST: ...Press "F6"... (was "press F^" Sorry about that... Gotta proofread my posts a bit better.... PaulR
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  • 2kBoot
    Did you remember to set your BIOS to boot from the RAID. Just a thought
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