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Installing Windows 200 Advanced servero on a dell poweredge 2500 INNACSESIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE or setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer

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I need to reinstall a dell poweredge 2500 with windows 2000 advanced server

the server has an array of disks

i tried booting from the win2k installation cd and get the following error on the installation:

setup did not find any har disk drives installed on your computer

i tried installing from windows but when i reboot to continue installation i get a boot screen that says

INNACSESIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

but if i boot the server normally it does go in into its current windows 2k advanced server installation

please HELP
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Hi

DELL Power Edge 2500 comes with PERC 3Di/ 4DS Array Controller. Windows 2000 CD will not identify the RAID card. You need to start installation with DELL Open Manage “Server Assistant” Boot CD.  

For more information please go though this URL

http://support.ap.dell.com/docs/systems/pe2500/en/ug/127kwc20.htm


If you don’t have that CD. Find out which RAID card you r using, Download desired RAID Card drivers from
 
http://support.ap.dell.com/ap/en/filelib/index.asp?sid=PWE_PNT_P3C_2500

Create a floppy disk.  

Boot through windows 2000 Adv Server CD. Press “F6” when  you are getting the message like “ Press F6 to install additional(3rd Party Devices)”.

It’ll recognize your RAID HDD.  You need to install “Dell Array Manager“ to control/view your RAID configuration on windows.


Ameen
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If you are belongs to Asia Pacific Region, use http://support.ap.dell.com/

If you are belongs to US/Canada Region, use http://support.dell.com/

if u don't have CD, user Service TAG for download raid card derivers.

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Thanks that works and in any case for anyone that has this same problem and reads this The windows installation will only take floppy's not cd's so just in casy you are like me and think floppys are obsolete well NO thanks to windows we still have to use them

:D

thanks for the help
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