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Installing Windows 2000 Advanced Server on a new System with Serial ATA drives and a PCIe bus, is it possible?

Posted on 2004-08-25
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I ordered a powerful desktop machine with Windows XP on it intending to wipe it clean and install a server OS.  The OS I have a license for is Windows 2000 Advanced Server.  So far I can't even get the install program to find my hard drives.  This machine is a new Intel based desktop with a PCIe bus and Serial ATA hard drives in a raid 1 configuration.  I searched around for updated install disks, but I've had no luck.  Is there any way to install Windows 2000 on a machine like this, or do I have to buy a Windows Server 2003 OS?  If I do, are there any special install considerations for 2003? PCIe is very new, and Serial ATA is relatively new.  I'm a little worried I may not get a server OS onto this thing at all.
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by:NetoMeter Screencasts
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Hi!
A coleague of mine had exactly the same problem a couple of days ago.
I was a serial ATA controller on ASUS motherboard with a hardwer mirror.
1.I checked the settings in the BIOS and set it to boot from the serial ATA controller.
2.Booted from an old Win98 boot floppy to see whether I can see the partitions which he had created using a Maxtor partition creation utility. Deleted all of them and created a new partition (do not forget to make it active).
3.Then I booted from the Win2k Adv srv cd and installe dit successfully.

Good Luck!
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by:garyy
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Yes, I had a similar problem installing windows 2003.
The Server OS install needs some space on the drive to install the files for some reason.
Use a 98 boot disk (can make one from bootdisk.com)
Boot to the 98 boot disk
Run Fdisk
Remove and Recreate the partitions
Reboot to the 98 boot disk once more
Run format on the new partition (c:\)
Once the format is complete, reboot to the 2000 Advanced Server Install CD
This should do the trick

Failing that, you need to find the drivers for the ATA controller. Put these on a floppy and press F6 during the early part of the set-up. Like you would have to when installing a SCSI controller.

Hope this helps
Thanks
Gary
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by:nolij
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I'm trying your suggestions now.  I'll devide the points between the first two answers if it works.  Thanks!
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JonIU17 earned 500 total points
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Sounds like you just need a driver disk for the raid controller - When the system first boots, press F6 to install a SCSI or RAID driver.  Get on dell's site and look for the driver.  
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