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Installing new drives on server

By MichaelG ·
I am a fairly new net admin.,so I don't know everything I need just yet.
I need to add two 20 gig ide hd's to a server using both the primary and secondary ide connections. This server already has two scsi drives in it. Both are connected to a single ribbon cable. I believe I need to go into the bios to allow the system to boot off of scsi drives, or it will see the ide and attempt to boot from one of them, is this correct?
Can you give me any tips on anything else I should remember to do before I proceed?
Thanking you in advance for you help in this matter.

Michael Graziano

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by bigduck In reply to Installing new drives on ...

You need to keep in mind that if you mix IDE and SCSI drives in the same machine that you HAVE to boot off of the Primary IDE drive.
The BIOS will not allow you to boot a SCSI drive if an IDE drive is available.

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by azizhakim In reply to Installing new drives on ...

Your Boot order is assigned by you in your Bios settings.Your bios will only boot to IDE if you have ordered it otherwise.Essentially all you would have to do is physically install you two HDD however you prefer on one ide chain or seperate.During initialize get in your setup,you need to tell cmos about your two drives,assign auto,LBA,on the controller that is accomodating the drives.Don't Forget to set your jumpers accordingly on your HDD.On your advance Properties in PNP Configuration or somewhere in there you have an option about boot order.I have an entry Symbios something.Diable that if you are booting scsi.If you auto that entry bios defaults to IDE.On advance Boot order you tell Bios boot order eg, floppy,ide,cd-rom.Tell bios scsi first,reboot.It will boot to existing scsi.You may have that already,in that case you enable the HDD,during reboot you should see your new drives & in Disk Admin<take it from there.Hope This helps

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by joshg In reply to Installing new drives on ...

Newer servers will let you specify the boot order (IDE then SCSI or SCSI then IDE) otherwise the machine will start IDE first regardless of SCSI drives being present. I believe you can put the NT boot files on the IDE disk if you cannot specify theboot order. Then change the boot.ini file to point to the WINNT files on the SCSI disk.

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by curlergirl In reply to Installing new drives on ...

Whether or not your server will allow you to boot from a SCSI drive even though IDE drives are installed depends entirely on the BIOS version. Newer BIOS versions for "true" servers (i.e., not a clone PC that is being used as a server, but a serverconfigured by the manufacturer as such) with SCSI controllers on the motherboard will allow you to control the boot order from the BIOS and specify to boot from the SCSI drives even if IDE is present. However, if you don't have this option in your BIOS, the only way to increase your server's storage capacity will be to add SCSI drives instead of IDE drives. Remember that even with older versions of SCSI you can add up to 6 devices on one SCSI bus. So, you can easily add 2 more SCSI drives instead of IDE, although they are a little bit more expensive, even if you only have one plain old vanilla SCSI channel on your server. Hope this helps!

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