Here are the server specs are per support.dell.com via the Service Tag
POWEREDGE SC420 - SATA - CELERON 326, 2.
1512MB SINGLE RANK 533MHZ ECC MEMORY, (2X
1NO FLOPPY DRIVE
180GB SATA (7,200RPM) 1IN HARD DRIVE, 1ST
148X CD-ROM DRIVE
1DISPLAY : NOT INCLUDED
1NO KEYBOARD REQUIRED
1NO OPERATING SYSTEM.(N)
1OPENMANAGE SERVER SOFTWARE
1NO WARRANTY UPGRADE
11Y NBD (NEXT BUSINESS DAY)(NA)
1C1 SATA, 1 HARD DRIVE
What happened leading up to this? How many drives to you actually have in the server? Did you have RAID enabled in the BIOS / Integrated Devices and is it enabled now? Do you have a CTRL-A option during POST that you can enter? If so, what do you see?
I'm not sure but it was working until Monday evening but by Tuesday morning this message had appeared.
There is one physical drive in the server - so no RAID
There is a CTRL A option, am not in the same country as the server right now, but am awaiting that info and will post asap
There is only one hard drive, when the user presses CTRL+A nothing happens except 'SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility'
Hard Drive Diagnostics
Drive 0: WDC ROM MODEL-UNICORN-- - Error attempting diagnostics
Drive 1: No device
Drive 2: LITE-ON CD-ROM LTN-489S – Diagnostics not supported
Drive 3: No device
SATA Operation – SATA Operation is set to RAID Autodetect/ATA
RAID AUTODETECT/ATA – RAID if signed drives, otherwise ATA
RAID OFF – No RAID supported
RAID ON – SATA is configured for RAID on every boot
Well, it won't let you do RAID with the onboard controller with a single drive (some controllers would require a single-disk RAID 0 for a single drive). My diagnosis? Your drive failed - is dead. You can try and plug it into another system as a secondary drive to see if it powers up to the point of being able to see and copy your data, but if the drive is not operational, there isn't much you can do. At this point, if the data is crucial, call a data recovery pro.
I hope there is a tape backup so I can import the tapes into a different server and restore from there.
Can anyone tell me whether there will be an issue installing Windows Server 2003 on this server?
"Issues" ... there should not be any "issues", but you might run into some things you might consider issues. If you do, just let us know.
Thanks will do
I got no joy from the old hard drive.
I've setup Windows 2003 on a new drive and have the tape drive installed but cannot import or catalog any of the tapes.
Maybe I should open a new question but the drive is a USB HP Storeagework DAT 160 - can anyone suggest a free or trial program that will import or recognise the tapes?