Question: On my DELL PowerEdge server, the front LCD displays “E1810 HDD 1 fault” error message. How do I fix this issue?
Answer: The message itself is self explanatory as it says “HDD 1 fault” indicating that the hard drive #1 failed. Following are my recommendations on what you can do to fix this.
Verify the Hard Drive Status
If the failed hard drive is part of RAID-1, none of the application running on the server would’ve impacted. View the status of that hard drive to make sure it says “disk fault” or something similar from the PERC controller.
If you don’t have OMSA or Dellmgr, you should restart the system to launch the PERC configuration utility.
In this case, don’t bother with the reboot, as hard drive replacement is just a plug and play.
Remove the faulty Hard Drive
If you have support contract with DELL, call them and provide your dell service tag, and request for a replacement disk. You should get it within couple of days.
Once you have the disk, just remove the faulty disk from the bay#1 (or whatever bay number it says on your LCD display). Now, the LCD message will change to “E1812 HDD 1 removed“.
Insert the new Hard Drive
Insert the new hard drive into the bay#1. If this disk is part of RAID-1, you’ll see both the disks that are part of the RAID-1 will start blinking. This indicates that the RAID-1 is syncing the data between the disks.
Finally, the message “E1810 HDD 1 fault” will disappear from the front LCD panel. The LCD panel will now display the standard blue light with “DELL PowerEdge” message.