Dell R210 "no disks found"

Damien Fleuriot ml at
Mon May 30 14:02:20 UTC 2011

On 5/26/11 9:16 PM, Jaime Kikpole wrote:
> I am attempting to install FreeBSD 8.2 amd64 from a CD onto a Dell
> R210 server.  When I boot and run fdisk from sysinstall (under
> "Custom"), it tells me "No disks found!" and then points me to the
> hardware guide.  Nothing in the hardware guide really seems to apply.
> Any one else get FreeBSD installed on an R210?  Is there a BIOS
> setting that I need to check or something?  I've spent about a week on
> this and will need to return both R210s soon if I can't get them
> working.
> Thanks,
> Jaime Kikpole

If your r210 has a h200 RAID card, then it is *not* supported in the 8.2
iso images.

It is supported through the mps driver in 8.2-RELEASE though.

You'll need to go in the RAID setup to destroy the logical device.

Next, you'll need to download Martin Matuska's MFSBSD and rebuild it
with the 8.2-RELEASE sources to include the mps driver in the kernel.

Once you've booted from that, you'll be able to see your hard drives as
/dev/da0 and /dev/da1

You will have to create a software RAID using either gmirror or ZFS, and
install the OS on your mirror.

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