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Can't create new VD with Perc 5i on Poweredge 1950

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I had a machine with 2 73GB 15K drives. I put 2 500GB SATA drives in the cage and tried to see if it worked. I forgot about it and 6 months later I switched back to the 15K SAS drives. I actually put in 146GB drives this time.

Now when I boot I get a message telling me that the battery on the RAID card is dead. I press CTRL-R to enter setup and there are no VD's on Controller 0. it says "no configuration present".

I hit enter on "controller 0" and it says "configuration is not allowed!"

I select PD Mgmt and it sees the 2 Fujitsu drives, It says that the "State" is "Foreign" and there is nothing under "DG" It shows the Product ID, Revision, Write cache (N/A), S.M.A.R.T Status (No Error), Operation: None, Connection Speed: Unknown.

under Ctrl Mgmt I tried factory default but that changes nothing.

So, what can I do to create some virtual disks here?

I REALLY appreciate any help you can provide. This is driving me NUTS!

I just popped in 2 drives from another 1950 (these are 73GB drives) and they are recognized just fine! Could it be something with these drives? They were originally in a 2950 I believe.
Edited by turpox - 11/30/12 at 12:38am
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You're on the right track. I'm thinking that the configuration that the controller has in its NVRAM is the one which involves 73GB drives, which is why the second set of 73GB drives works perfectly well.

Do you have the original 73GB drives? Could you install them, import their config and then blow that config away?
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