Server Boot Issues

  Steve N 10:49 08 Sep 03

We have a HP Netserver E200 at work which has an Adaptec AHA-2940UW Adapter.

Windows 2000 Server is currently installed on the 18GB 7200RPM SCSI drive and has worked fine no probs for ages.

After looking around a while ago for extra storage I came to the conclusion that buying a similar drive would cost a fortune so i decided to go with a 120GB Maxtor Plus 9 8MB Cache 7200RPM ATA133 HDD, as it would offer similar performance to our age old SCSI.

I installed the drive straight off with no probs. Put it on the first IDE channel set it to master and the CD-ROM to slave. formated it and all was fine and dandy until Friday (5th Sept) when I did a reboot after installing a windows update and now the server will not boot.

It installs the SCSI BIOS etc but once this is done the boot sequence just ends up with a black screen and the message 'Press A Key to Reboot'. The computer boots fine when the maxtor is not there but when I plug it in it comes up with aformentioned message.

I have tried various combinations of Master/Slave/CS with the CD-ROM, and also seperated the drives completely by putting them on seperate IDE cables but I still get the same problem.

I am something of a novice when it comes to SCSI drives so am I missing something about installing IDE drives along side them? I thought the motherboard (ASUS P3V133) might not like the large hard drive but the limit on some is 137 gb and it did work fine until I rebooted!

Any help much appreciated.

  Steve N 22:40 02 Oct 03

Fixed it myself by disabling the ide drive in the BIOS. Windows still recognises the drive when it boots.

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