Trying to re-purpose old server

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Hard drive failure
Windows Server
I have an old server with 2x 1TB drives inside, Windows Server 2012 installed.
Server was not being used but I would like to do so again. So I powered it it up and it will not boot...says Drive 1 has failed.

Not so concerned about data loss, I'm just trying to connect the server to my home network and take advantage of the storage space for backups and file sharing.

Wasn't sure what additional details to share, so let me know any thoughts you may have - thank you!

Software/Hardware used:
HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8

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Thank you all for your comments. Each helped me get closer to the solution, which I found on another forum…(hopefully its ok to post a link to another group here)

Anyway, as Andy Hilton pointed out it was necessary for me to “Enable SATA AHCI” before installing OS. For some reason the HP RAID utility was forcing the system into a loop where it was looking for an OS that was no longer present. And simply installing OS did not work.

Thanks again!

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  • TheRealRaven
    And what is the question? Only relevant thought is that you might need to replace a disk drive.
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  • ToddN2000
    A new drive is the first thing you should replace. My question is how old is the server and why was it not being used? There may be other  underlying problems you are not aware of and may still need to resolve even after replacing the faulty drive. 
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  • DrillFour
    Thanks for the responses. I replaced the failed hard drive this AM. During startup, system recognized that failed drive was replaced but like @toddn2000 suggested that did not resolve the problem.

    Server is 6 years old. It was installed by the corporate IT guy. When I closed that location I didn't need the server so it went on a shelf.

    Now I am trying to take advantage of the server's storage space by adding it onto my home network. Since it was just sitting on a shelf I figured it was worth a shot.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Check is there if driver software is missing or something like that.
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