System Administration Guide, Volume 1

IA: How to Connect a System Disk and Boot

This procedure assumes that the system is down.

  1. Disconnect the damaged system disk from the system.

  2. Make sure the disk you are adding has a different target number than the other devices on the system.

    You will often find a small switch located at the back of the disk for this purpose.

  3. Connect the replacement system disk to the system and check the physical connections.

    Refer to the disk's hardware installation guide for installation details. Also, refer to the Solaris 8 (Intel Platform Edition) Device Configuration Guide about hardware configuration requirements specific to the disk.

  4. Follow steps a-e if you are booting from a local or remote Solaris CD.

    If you are booting from the network, skip step a.

    1. Insert the Solaris installation CD into the CD-ROM drive.

    2. Insert the Solaris boot diskette into the primary diskette drive (DOS drive A).

    3. Press any key to reboot the system if the system displays the Type any key to reboot prompt. Or, use the reset button to restart the system if the system is shut down.

      The Boot Solaris screen is displayed after a few minutes.

    4. Select the CD-ROM drive or net(work) as the boot device from the Boot Solaris screen.

      The Current Boot Parameters screen is displayed.

    5. Boot the system in single-user mode.

      Select the type of installation: b -s

      After a few minutes, the root prompt (#) is displayed.

IA: Where to Go From Here

After you boot the system, you can create slices and a disk label on the disk. Go to "IA: How to Create Disk Slices and Label a Disk".