Solved Boot from IDE HDD on HP Proliant ML350 G3 Server

Apple / Imac mid 2011
July 22, 2015 at 02:26:34
Specs: n/a, INTEL Xeon
Hello, I have one last question My server has 6 SCSI HDD's and one IDE HDD I want to be able to boot from the IDE HDD but it always wants to try and boot from the HP Smart Array Card, there doesn't seem to be anywhere in the BIOS to be able activate this option, I have heard that these servers dont support booting from IDE but to me that seems a bit silly

Again any help or advised would be greatly appreciated


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July 22, 2015 at 03:19:26
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Although an IDE hard drive will work on this server it is not a supported, or intended, option. In particular, I believe that the server cannot boot from an IDE hard drive.

Servers of this vintage were generally designed to use SCSI arrays; the IDE interface was only provided to support optical drives.

It may still be possible to install just the boot portion of the operating system to a SCSI drive and the rest of the OS to the IDE drive; how you do this would depend upon which OS you are using.

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July 22, 2015 at 05:04:39
In 2015 and with knowledge of how popular IDE was to become it may indeed seem silly not to support booting from such a drive. But it was a different world when that server was built. SCSI was the only storage interface to be taken seriously. It was considered desirable to provide some limited support for IDE, such as for a CD drive. But to actually boot from an IDE hard drive, that would have seemed silly.

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July 22, 2015 at 13:52:20
What everyone else said. You'll either need to get/configure a pair of . . . ULTRA 320's? Alternatively, you could get a bootable IDE PCI card, and boot off of that. The HDDs would be easier, I think.

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July 30, 2015 at 04:59:38
Thanks for all your replies, I have come to terms with the fact that I can't boot from the IDE Drive, however I have an ML350 G1 which I've had for years that had a SCSI Card and drives but it still allowed to boot from the IDE drive.

Anyway thanks for all your help

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