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Smart Array 532/ML350 G2

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Smart Array 532/ML350 G2

I recently got a BSD with the error INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE and trying to work around this issue to grab all the documents for the endusers. I tried to do a parallel install on the same partition, but it freezes up on the "Setting up Windows" screen. I did install the SA532 SCSI drivers by pressing F6 when windows setup loads.

I've also tried to load Raid0+1 with 2 Hard Drives to load a new OS on to it by using the SmartStart, but it kept on defaulting to the Raid5 partitions. Is there a way to use 2nd Raid to install the new OS? or Can I simply use the smartstart CD to load the new OS on top the original OS without losing all the old data?

Any help would appreciate it. Thanks.
Martin Breidenbach
Honored Contributor

Re: Smart Array 532/ML350 G2

The following procedure should work:

1. Remove the RAID 5 drives
2. Insert your other two drives, create a RAID 1 logical drive
3. Install OS
4. add RAID 5 drives
5. Smart Array controller should detect an additional logical drive and you may be able to access the data.

I haven't tried that procedure but I believe it should work.

BTW other tools that can be used to access crashed NT/W2K systems are ERD Commander (commercial tool, and PEBuilder (freeware, I've created a recovery cd using pebuilder which can boot W2003 from cd, access drives connected to a Smart Array or NetRAID controller and load network drivers (tested with Proliant DL580 and NetServer LH3).
Occasional Visitor

Re: Smart Array 532/ML350 G2

I'm loading a Raid1+0 on a ML350 G3 as we speak. I'm thinking of the same idea as you mention, just on a different server. Will let you knwo if it works. Thanks again.