IBM eserver x series 255

Ibm / Xseries 255
May 11, 2009 at 09:56:43
Specs: Windows XP
i recently had a hard drive fail so i purchased a new hard drive and installed it in the server, but what i don't know is where in the bios do i go to rebuild the hard drive because i still see the hard drive failed light on, and it should be green so if someone can direct me i would appreciate it.

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#1
May 11, 2009 at 09:57:28
Is this a RAID array or just a single disk?

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#2
May 11, 2009 at 10:01:00
raid array

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#3
May 11, 2009 at 10:19:38
If I recall correctly you have to boot the ibm cd and one of the menu choices deals with accessing the onboard raid controller.

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#4
May 11, 2009 at 10:43:03
what if i dont have the CD is there anyway i can rebuild the drive without the IBM CD?

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#5
May 11, 2009 at 12:08:36
you have to access the raid array to rebuild it. sure hope you have a tested as good backup. Review online documentation concerning your server on how to access the raid bios.

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#6
May 11, 2009 at 12:39:13
Normally during bootup you will see something like the following (but not necessarily exactly as follows for it differs from OEM to OEM)

Press Ctrl-S to enter RAID setup

If you see something like that, you'll want to do whatever the command is. Then, once you're in the RAID setup you should be able to rebuild the array around the new disk.


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#7
May 11, 2009 at 13:11:38
you are talking about booting from the IBM CD right?

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#8
May 12, 2009 at 07:43:01
Wanderer was. I was talking about a normal bootup. On normal bootup of a RAID equipped system, you first get your normal POST and then you generally get to see what I mentioned, which allows you to access the RAID BIOS/setup utility.

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#9
May 12, 2009 at 08:20:45
I checked with one of my staff and CurtR is correct you don't need the cd. You can access it via the bios. Ours has an installed utility so you can configure the drives via the OS which in our case is 2003. That would be the route to go.

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#10
May 12, 2009 at 08:38:15
i booted the server to the SCSI Bios menu and i was able to rebuild the Raid, and the hard drive is working great. so i want to say thank you to everyone who helped respond to my question and keep up the great work you do everyday.

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