Setup cannot detect any hard disk drives

Ibm Xseries 235 tower server
August 12, 2010 at 12:22:57
Specs: Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise, 2560 MB
I have an IBM xSeries 235 model 8761-KAX that I am trying to install Windows Server 2003 on. I boot into the IBM ServerGuide CD and create a RAID-1 array with two disks. I add another as a hot-spare. I don't know if this is correct, but the drives that are in a logical drive now have a solid orange light as well as the solid green. ServerGuide's next step is to create a partition for the NOS, so I let it continue. It reboots and then says it cannot create a partition because the size is too small. They are 73GB disks, and the minimum size is 3000MB.

I purchased a 6I+ raid controller and do the same thing. When windows starts, the orange lights next to the disks in the array go away and it says Setup cannot detect any hard disk drives, even though I have 3 73GB disks. So 2 questions:

1) Do I need to set something else up for windows to detect the disks?

2)Even though the 6i controller is plugged into a PCI slot, does a cable need to be attached to it?


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August 12, 2010 at 14:45:15
Have you found the proper support for this server ?
It's certainly not on the Lenovo web site.

Support for IBM System x

Product family - xseries 235
Type - 8671
Model - KAX
Operating System - Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition, or Windows Server 2003 x64, or Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition x64, whichever applies
Click on Go

Software and device drivers on the resulting page - more support info including Documentation (manuals) on the right.

Apparently this server's mboard has SCSI drive controllers , so I assume the 73gb drives are SCSI drives.

E.g. this may not be model KAX but a lot of other things are probably the same :

IBM eserver xSeries 235 8671 - Xeon 3.06 GHz
Mfg. Part: 8671MAX | CDW Part: 609946 | UNSPSC: 43211501

Product Line: IBM eserver xSeries 235

"I purchased a 6I+ raid controller"

IBM ServeRAID 6i - storage controller (RAID) - Ultra320 SCSI - PCI-X


The ServeRAID-6i controller is a PCI-X controller that works directly with the onboard LSI 1030 SCSI chipset to provide RAID protected data storage to selected xSeries servers. It supports both Ultra320 and Ultra160 SCSI HD technologies

Link to the Lenovo supplied drivers for the ServeRAID-6i controller here:

You must make your RAID array BEFORE you install the operating system.

The drivers for the onboard LSI 1030 SCSI chipset may or may not be built into the operating system.

Server 2003 isn't much newer that XP (circa 2001) , and in XP, you may need to supply drivers for a SCSI controller while loading the initial files from the CD. If the Server 2003 CD doesn't find your SCSI drive controllers by default, then Setup can't find your SCSI drives.

For Win 2000 and XP, you see a line very early in the loading of the files from the CD - "Press F6 to load..." - you press F6 while that's still on the screen.
If the SCSI drivers are available from the CD but are not normally loaded, then you get no further messages, and Setup sees the SCSI hard drives.
If the CD does NOT have the right SCSI drivers available, later on, during loading the initial files from the CD, you will be asked to provide the drivers, and after that Setup will see the SATA drives fine.

For 2000 and XP, you MUST provide the drivers for the drive controller on a floppy in a legacy floppy drive. The CD cannot, at that early stage, find drivers on floppies in most USB floppy drives, on optical disks, on USB drives or any sort, or hard drives, other than where an existing Windows installation is.

You may also need to provide drivers for the 6I+ raid controller add on the same way, but if you don't connect it. I would think you should be able to get by with the onboard SCSI controller drivers provided to the operating system.

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