I have an old PE2950 I'd like to put Window Server 2012 on. When I enter in my service tag (xxxxxxx<Service tag removed>) I don't see an option to download drivers for PERC 5/i.
Can someone link me to the proper drivers?
When you say "it prompts me to browse file explorer for drivers", what exactly is the message you are getting? As Geoff said, the drivers should be native to 2012 as well. Depending on the message you are receiving, you may have bad media (download, burn, etc.).
Did you Initialize the RAID array when you configured it?
BTW ... you should always update the ESM/BMC with the BIOS.
According to this link, Server 2012 natively supports the Perc 5/i controller:
There isn't a separate download for the driver. If you continue to have trouble, you may try the Server 2008 x64 driver, found here: http://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER89865M/6/DELL_MULTI-DEVICE_A03_R210510.exe Download and extract to a USB key and point here at the F6 prompt to load third party drivers.
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Just a small correction ... there is no "F6" prompt in Servers 2008/2012. Click the Load Drivers link. Also remember that the PERC does NOT support non-RAID, so if you don't first configure RAID in the CTRL-R utility, no drives will be seen even with the right drivers. If you have configured/initialized RAID and 2012 still does not see the drives, then you probably have out-of-date firmware, which is why the 2008x64 drivers suggested by Geoff may work. I would make sure that all system firmware is up to date first.
I have a similar problem. Dell PowerEdge 2950 with PERC 5/i (SAS) configured with RAID 5 (4 disks). I have the latest firmware that I could find for the PERC 5/i (version v.5.2.2-0072, A09). I also updated the BIOS to version 2.7.0. The local disks are not detected at the Windows Server 2012 start up screen, it prompts me to browse file explorer for drivers. I also tried to load the Windows Server 2008 x64 drivers for PERC 5/i, but Server 2012 wouldn't accept them.
I tested with a Windows Server 2008 R2 install disk to see if the drives would show up and they did. So, I can install Server 2008 R2, but not Server 2012.
I guess it doesn't help that the latest firmware for the PERC 5/i card came out way back in 2008.
I was getting the Windows setup window with 'Select the driver to install.' A 'Load driver' window pops up over it and says 'A media driver your computer needs is missing. This could be a DVD, USB or Hard Disk driver. If you have a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive with the driver on it, please insert it now"
Anyway, thanks a lot for the help, the problem is fixed. It turns out that I was using bad installation media. The .iso file that was used to burn the DVD was corrupted. After I got a good copy of the install disk, the PE2950 local disks were detected with no problems.