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Windows Server 2003 X64 Raid Not Found

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#1 robusto


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Posted 24 November 2006 - 03:01 PM

My company has a Supermicro 6015P-T 1U server, running raid 10 array on four Seagate SATA 3.0 gb/s hard drives, 4gb ram, two intel core duos (1066mhz fsb, 3.2ghz clock). Server uses a backplane that connects to the four hotswappable hard disks.

After some very long testing and swapping of hardware, our server still cannot recognize the raid 10 we have set up. First thoughts run to driver issue, but the driver and copy of windows server 2003 standard x64 we used on this server are the same ones we have used on three other identical servers, without fail.

We have RMA'd the motherboard with CPU's and memory to Supermicro and they have found that they can install all versions of windows just fine. They shipped this back to us, which made us think that it was the back plane that was screwing up the raid, so we got a replacement back plane. This still creates the same "Windows cannot find hard disks, setup will now exit" once the proper drivers are copied upon windows setup.

Please someone help, the tech support at Supermicro doesn't know a thing.

*EDIT* Windows recognizes drives through the back plane, but not when in a RAID. RAID type is Intel, using Intel server ESB2 drivers.

Edited by robusto, 24 November 2006 - 03:05 PM.

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#2 Grinler


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Posted 25 November 2006 - 05:05 PM

These types of issues are typically because you are not specifying the driver when you install windows. During the installation of windows, the setup will show a message saying something like Press F6 (I think f6) to specify additional drivers to install. You need to press F6 and add the driver.

Also the ESB2 SATA raid controller is a software based Raid. Its not hardware based. This is really not the best implementation for a raid setup. It is strongly suggested that you instead invest in a true hardware raid controller like the 3ware cards.

A good one that we have used is :


Just make sure you use the right cables.

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