so i have tough issue that after much much googling and trouble shooting, i cant figure out. I have a windows home server 2011 system that houses three raid controllers (1 on board, 1 pci-x and 1 pci) about 11 hard drives total that consists of 2 raid 5's and 2 raid 1's. (i will follow up this post with the specs)
so, i was having some issues with the secondary raid 5 and windows. It first started out with the raid dropping while under a heavy load. (this was before purchasing the pci-x contoller). so i thought this may have to do with a irq issue with the pci controllers. Bought a pci-x controller and everything is fine, until i need to reboot....
windows hangs on reboot (loading into safe mode, it looks like the storport.sys), it only boots when i break the raid 5 on the pci-x controller.
any ideas as to why? i'm going nuts trying to figure this out and before i throw this thing off the empire state building, i would like to get it to work.
so i tried to change the bootable drives, i managed to shutdown all other drives but the ones that i THOUGHT held whs bootstrap. In anycase, i decided to nuke the onboard raid controller, disabled it, slapped my spare pci raid controller back in and what do you know, it booted!!!!!!!
i have no idea why the onboard controller doesnt play nice with more than three controllers, but no matter, it works and i'm happy!