Recently, I a client was discarding an old Lenovo RS 160 server. This system seemed like a nice little box for a home server. Reasonably quiet, small (pizza box size) and the specs of the system were reasonable. So I picked up a couple of Samsung SSDs and was went about setting up a mirror.
Everything worked great, the LSI RAID controller saw the drives, I was able to setup the hardware level mirror, and reboot into Windows Setup. That's where the fun began.
Windows setup saw the virtual drive, but refused to allow it to be used for installation. Windows Cannot Be Installed to This Disk. After some initial frustration, I reviewed the setup logs. There, I found an interesting line (sadly, I don't have the verbatim text, but something to the effect of "The controller found a drive that is compatible but WARNED against use"
So I thought outside of the box... or rather, the setup routine. I bypassed it. I brought up a command prompt and then used DiskPart to prep the disk, DISM to apply the image to the disk, and BCDBOOT to prepare the boot for the system. After all was done (in about 15 minutes, including image drop), everything worked great!
Here are my steps:
1. Windows the Windows setup program that's complaining, press Shift-F10 to open a command prompt.
2. Start Diskpart at the command line.
3. Review the disks the system sees - type list disk and press enter.
4. Find the disk you want to use for your installation, lilkely disk 0, so type …