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Hi,

 

I've just purchased a HP Microserver Gen 8, with a Intel Xeon E3 1265L v2 2.5GHz and 16GB ram. I have installed a 120gb SSD in the optical bay and installed Windows Server 2016 to this. 

 

I have just added 3 * 4tb WD drives and I can see them in iLO and the built in HP software, but I am unable to see them in Windows Server 2016. I have checked Disk Manager and there is no sign of the drives. Any ideas on what is causing this and how to rectify it?

 

Thanks in advance. 

 

Here is the info from iLO:

 

Controller on System Board

  • Logical View  x.gif Physical View
    • Controller Status icon_status_08_normal.svg OK
      Serial Number N/A
      Model Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
      Firmware Version 6.00
      Controller Type HPE Smart Array
      Cache Module Status icon_status_08_normal.svg OK
      Cache Module Serial Number N/A
      Cache Module Memory 65536 KB
      • -icon_status_08_normal.svgPhysical Drive in Port 1I Bay 1
        • Status icon_status_08_normal.svg OK
          Serial Number WD-WMXXXXXXX
          Model WDC
          Media Type HDD
          Capacity 4000 GB
          Location Port 1I Bay 1
          Firmware Version 82.00A82
          Drive Configuration Unconfigured
          Encryption Status Not Encrypted
      • -icon_status_08_normal.svgPhysical Drive in Port 2I Bay 2
        • Status icon_status_08_normal.svg OK
          Serial Number WD-WMXXXXXXX
          Model WDC
          Media Type HDD
          Capacity 4000 GB
          Location Port 2I Bay 2
          Firmware Version 01.01K02
          Drive Configuration Unconfigured
          Encryption Status Not Encrypted
      • -icon_status_08_normal.svgPhysical Drive in Port 3I Bay 3
        • Status icon_status_08_normal.svg OK
          Serial Number WD-WMXXXXXXX
          Model WDC
          Media Type HDD
          Capacity 4000 GB
          Location Port 3I Bay 3
          Firmware Version 01.01K02
          Drive Configuration Unconfigured
          Encryption Status Not Encrypted
      • -icon_status_08_normal.svgPhysical Drive in Port 5I Bay 5
        • Status icon_status_08_normal.svg OK
          Serial Number 500000000000000
          Model KINGSTON
          Media Type SSD
          Capacity 120 GB
          Location Port 5I Bay 5
          Firmware Version 0C3J96R9
          Drive Configuration Configured
          Encryption Status

          Not Encrypted

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If you are going to use the B120i, you need to configure the drives in the B120i so Windows can see the drives. If you want Windows to see them as individual drives you can set them up as individual RAID0 drives.

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You're a star, thank you schoondoggy. Am I correct in thinking I can only boot from the SSD in the optical drive, if I use B120i?

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That is true. Some have used a bootloader on a micro SD card to boot to the OS on a SSD on the ODD port while running AHCI.

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Thanks for all your help. I'll have to do some reading on the forums as that sounds helpful.

 

Have a great day and thanks again.

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