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    dell poweredge 1950

    Hi All,

    First post on here!

    Im having issues with a dell poweredge 1950

    Installed a SATA hard drive, trying to install win server 2003 r2.

    Not picking up the hard drives?.... tried all dell help forums.... tried all types of RAID drivers... still no joy!

    can anyone help# im at the end of my tether here and...and YES im working over the weekend!

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    Re: dell poweredge 1950

    Does the bios recognise it as the primary drive?

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    I may be missing the obvious, but did you actually plug it into a sata port, or to a raid card? I thought on most of the older dells the sata port was only for optical drives. You'd need to use the raid card (SAS/Perc etc) to get the actual drives, and thus may be bios based raid etc setup on already. (Which some cards won't work without multiple drives in already, if it's expecting a raid setup).

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    Onboard or optional extra RAID controller?

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    existing hard drive SCSI 2 x 73gb

    new hard drive SATA x 2 I have tried combination of 1 and 2.

    Bios is seeing the hard drives.

    ermmm SYNACK... i dont understand your question?!....

    now when I have re-inserted orginal SCSI hard drives and tried to install os i cant see the hdd's?... although system boots up to the windows login screen?

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    I'm going to assume that it is the optional extra PERC RAID card as opposed to the on the motherboard SATA ports. Have you gone into the RAID BIOS or RAID configuration and set up the drives as a mirror or stripe. Until you do this the RAID card may not offer them as avalible storage to the OS.
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    SYNACk...im sure i tried that at 4am?.. lol but will try it again

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    configured raid - still cant see hard drive(s)

    used a usb floppy drive to load raid controller driver - still no luck

    disconnected the backpane (which links into the onboard raid card) - still cant see hard drives

    re-connected original drives SCSI (SAS) still cant see these hard drives


    Im going now to fetch my sledgehammer!

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    Download a copy of server 2008/2012. Can you see the HD now? If so you know its a driver issue.

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    eep, this is 2003, had not seen that. Depending on the drivers you may even need to integrate them into the install media to get it to pick them up. Do you have/can you get access to the 'smartstart' (that's what HP calls it) cd media which prestages stuff like drivers and partitions beforehand, it would probably be with the original CD/DVD tools that came with the CD. It may also be downloadable from dell

    Maybe this:
    Drivers and Downloads | Dell [United States]
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    Drivers and Downloads | Dell [United States]

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    Test with Suse or Debian Linux to see if it can see the drive and confirm driver issue.

    Rob

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    I have just inserted a win server 2008 r2 disk, enabled the ATA config in the bios and can see the new 500 gb sata hdd,

    But i dont want to install 2008 r2

    SYNACK - I will try your solution

    Had others issues earlier....

    Updated all following bios / firmware, after RAID started displaying the hard drives as foreign.

    Dell Poweredge 1950 with Perc 5i keeps losing raid config -> "Foreign Configuration Found" - Server Fault

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    Right, Thank you all for taking time to view my post!

    Major thanks to SYNACK!... the solution worked

    Would send you all a box of chocies and a xmas card!... but since we r all anon... I will eat them on your behalf! and donate some money to my local salvation army branch!

    and hopefully I dont get any more of these technical problems!

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    Dell Servers usually have a Resource CD or DVD which helps to install the server OS. It puts all the drivers in etc so that your Windows installation media can then actually start. Well worth grabbing one of these...usually an iso from the support section of Dells website, search the tag number for your server and it will give you the available options.

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    Unhappy Can't see the HDD Riad-0 is offline

    Quote Originally Posted by Get2theChoppa View Post
    Right, Thank you all for taking time to view my post!

    Major thanks to SYNACK!... the solution worked

    Would send you all a box of chocies and a xmas card!... but since we r all anon... I will eat them on your behalf! and donate some money to my local salvation army branch!

    and hopefully I dont get any more of these technical problems!

    Hi dear friend

    I'm glad I came to this link, I am having the same issue as well could you please very kindly advice me how did you solve this problem, I have seen SYNACK reply and I have downloaded the first software and connect it through DRAC network card going through media and then select ISO image, which I have downloaded from Dell it seems like is not connecting, Please advice how did you over come this problem and what steps did you follow, I got the same server as you do

    Dell Poweredge 1950 quad core 16G ram 3,5 SATA 2 x 500 total 930, 2 ghz,

    I been having a lot of problem mounting my Vmware, it complain about the HDD not available.

    Many Thanks in advance

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