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By dennisbv ·
I have a windows 2000 server that has three HD in a raid five configuration. I need to add two more drives, I have plugged them into the cage but I cannot get the server to reconize them. What do I need to do to get these disks reconized?

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by curlergirl In reply to Adding drives to server

Are you saying the server doesn't recognize them at all, or that it doesn't see them as part of the RAID array? If it doesn't recognize them at all, then it's probably either a SCSI termination issue or SCSI ID conflict. Check the settings of the new drives, and you might have to check the settings of the existing drives as well, to make sure that termination is properly configured for the controller and drives you are using, and that each drive has a separate, unique SCSI ID.

If all that is correct, and the server can see the drives as individual disks at the hardware level, you need to use whatever hardware-level utilities, built-in ROM software or Windows-based utility software that is provided by the manufacturer to add the drives to the array. This can be tricky, but it's hard to give any details without knowing the make and model of RAID controller you're using. Look at the documentation provided by the manufacturer for specifics on how to go about this. Hope this helps!

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by jose_12650 In reply to Adding drives to server

If your system has extra cages where you can insert/pull out drives (two additional), it is very unlikely that your problem is SCSI termination. Each of those drive cage is already assigned its LUN. If your drives were taken from other computers, try going to the disk management console, right click the RAID volume and click on "import foreign disks".

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by dennisbv In reply to Adding drives to server

The disks are new and When I right clicked on the raid volume I had no option to import disks. Just to be clear what do you mean by the RAID volume? My three disks make up a C: drive and an F: drive

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by Karpi In reply to Adding drives to server

Hello,

is it a soft- or hardware-raid?
If it is a hardware-raid, you may need to reconfigure the raid-controller.
At boot-time look at the bios-messages or have a look at the controllers manual. Before reconfiguring the raid make a full backup.

HTH
Karpi
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by pierrejamme In reply to Adding drives to server

Since you didn't mention what type of server or what type of RAID Controller it is difficult to give good advice.

New drives must bea at least as large as originals, if they aren't you cannot add them.

The most common raid controller is Adaptec. If so, you will see "use Ctrl A" on to enter scsi utilities on booting. Once there you should see you two new drives, they may need to be formatted with this utility.
In addition you should have some sort of Array Manager that came with your server.
The bottom line is, before you do ANYTHING contact the server tech support to find out how to proceed. This can be tricky stuff, not something you want to guess at. Good Luck.

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