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Drive Not Visible As Hotspare in BIOS on CERC SATA 1.5/2s - Product Support Quick Note (PSQN) - 275260

A hard drive may not appear in the CERC SATA 1.5/2s Controller BIOS.

On a system with a CERC SATA 1.5/2s controller, a newly added or replacement drive may not appear in the Add hotspare option of the controller BIOS (CTRL-A). The new drive may be a legacy drive, and must first be configured before it is used as a spare.


CERC 1.5/2s is a software-based RAID solution, NOT hardware based. Depending on the platform, two different ROM versions are used:

  • Option ROM version 2024 is used on the following systems:
    • PowerEdge 1420SC
    • PowerEdge 420SC
    • PowerEdge 1800
  • Option ROM version 2026 is used on the following systems:

    • PowerEdge 1420SC
    • PowerEdge 420SC

Configure the drive in the CERC SATA 1.5/2s BIOS.

To configure the drive in the CERC SATA 1.5/2s BIOS, perform the following steps:

  1. Reboot the system, and press the <Ctrl> + <A> keys at the same time when prompted during POST.
    The BIOS RAID Configuration Utility menu appears.
  2. Press the <up arrow> or <down arrow> key until Array Configuration Utility is highlighted, and press the <Enter> key.
    The Main Menu appears.
  3. Press the <down arrow> key until Configure Drives is highlighted, and press the <Enter> key.
    A list of available drives appears on the left side of the screen..
  4. Press the the <down arrow> key until the new drive is highlighted, and press the <Insert> key.
    The new drive appears in the list of selected drives on the right side of the screen.
  5. Press the <Enter> key.
    A warning message appears.
  6. After reading the warning message, type Y after the question Do you want to continue? <Yes/No>:
    The new drive will be configured for use.

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Artikel-ID: SLN43172

Datum der letzten Änderung: 08/12/2010 12:00 AM

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