I have purchased HP Proliant microserver N40L with 2 Seagate 3TB HDD for RAID1 configuration. I configured RAID1 from the bios utility and installed Server 2012. After the 1st clean install, I went and checked my RAID drives and It surprised by when I saw two separate 3TB hard drives in the disk management, Disk-2 is allowing me to create a GPT parition and Disk-1 is completely unaccessible. Ideally, Windows should have now shown me two separate drives at all in the hardware RAID1 mode. I tried lot of fixes without success, I even tried windows 2012 Essential hoping it might fix the probelm
I than install Windows 7 to check if it is my hardware, and to my surprise it worked, it showed me a one 3 TB drive and allowed me to create a one GPT parition of all full size, I copied some files and tested a fail safe scenario removing single hard drive and restarting and accessing those files.
I have also checked this in WHS 2011 without any problem
I now giving up, I don't understand why windows server 2012 has problem with my 3 TB disks. Windows 7 and WHS 2011 are older and I was thinking they would have problems with my 3 TB hard drives instead, they worked fine and Server 2012 is giving me a trouble, inpiste of being a new windows server OS
Immediate help will be appreciated
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I'd get in touch with HP about operating system compatabilty / drivers for Windows Server 2012
Regards, Dave Patrick ....
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Microsoft MVP [Windows]
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when I saw two separate 3TB hard drives in the disk management, Disk-2 is allowing me to create a GPT parition and Disk-1 is completely unaccessible
Can you send snapshot of diskmgmt to me? Are these disk visible in diskmgmt? At times I too have seen disks not getting visible in diskmgmt
Thanks Satish and Patrick,
As I mentioned, I gave up with Windows server 2012 because of this issue so I can't send you the snapshot of diskmgmt of server 2012.
One thing I can tell you for sure is, 2012 was not taking Hardware RAID1 disks as 1 dist and disk-1 was failing over whatever I try to do (Initialize, create volume, convert to GP etc)
Right now I have windows 7 installed on this machine and both the disks (1 disk) configured properly. Please find the attached screenshot. I have also tested fail safe scenario withing windows 7 successfully
Please let me know if you really required the error screenshot, I will install server 2012 and send you the screen shot
Unfortunately I am not able to attach an image here, it says your account must be veryfied though I am MSDN premium scubscriber. Please let me know how can I attach a screenshot here?
You could upload your screenshot to skydrive. If the hardware RAID1 cannot be recognized correctly in Windows 2012, as Patrick mentioned, you could have a try to contact with hardware provider to see if there is any update (driver/firmware) needed.
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I am having the same issue.
I could create a funktional RAID in Windows Server 2012 with the AMD RaidXpert (2x4TB WD RAID Edition). But the configuration is not in sync with RAID Controller BIOS. As far as i have found out, the new Drivers do not "talk" with the RAID BIOS correctly. HP would ne to update the AMD RAID BIOS to a Minimum of Version 3.3.1540.11 (and Later).
I hope HP will do this soon......
Configuration: N40L, Windows 2012 Essentials, 1 hp 250GB, 2x4TB wd40efrx.
I made using raid bios two logical drives:
- ld1 - raid ready i am using the 250GB hd for OS
- ld2 - raid 1 using the two 4tb disks.
Using the drivers/software from windows 2008R2 : 100412a-101846C-HP.zip and WHQL_SB8xx_RAID_2K8_3.2.1540.75.zip i was able to obtain a functional raid configuration using RaidXpert.
You need to install SB8xx_RAIDXpert.exe version 3.2.1540.10. Btw i experienced the same issue when i used RaidXpert version 3.3.1540.19.
In the end windows is reporting correctly 1 disk for the raid1.