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Hardware Independent Restore (HIR) and RAID on Dell T110 server
I have had more than my share of "nightmare" restores, but normally I can eventually get it working. Today I have one that refuses to work.
Hardware: Dell T110 server, 2 x 250GB hard drives, 1 x 300GB hard drive, 4GB memory, PERC S100 Imbedded RAID controller,
OS: Windows 2003 Server (this was the OS on the ShadowProtect backed up server)
Step 1 - Configure RAID using BIOS configuration as follows:
2 x 250GB hard drives mirrored (RAID1), and 1 x 300GB as non-RAID in BIOS. During booting BIOS reports the drives as being configured properly.
Step 2 - Try StorageCraft Recovery Environment (SRE) 2008R2 (recommended). Upon boot no hard drive volumes are visible under "Disk Map" tab. Used "Load Driver" function to load the downloaded PERC S100 Embedded RAID driver for 2008R2 (from Dell's website). SRE reports the "Driver Loaded", but after loading and refreshing volumes NO HARD DRIVE VOLUMES ARE VISIBLE under "Disk Map" tab. No amount of retrying results in any drive volumes being visible to restore to.
Step 3 - Try SRE 2003 (legacy) option. Upon boot pressed F6 to load RAID drivers from floppy. Loaded PERC S100 Embedded RAID driver for 2003 Server from floppy drive. SRE tries to boot and then BLUE SCREENS with:
STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78A2A98, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
At this point NO COMBINATION ALLOWS HIR RESTORE to RAID on this machine.
Note: I have quadruple checked to make certain I'm running the proper RAID drivers under both scenarios.
BTW - Killing the RAID array and doing HIR restore to non-RAID (SATA configured) hard drives works.
Call me frustrated with HIR,
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