Unable to install W2K3 Standard Edition on SAS HDD w/ 3rd party drivers.
Posted on 2007-08-09
I need to deploy a new server that will be hosting a very basic application. The server came w/o a HDD, so I purchased a 36G SAS drive to be used as the OS drive and storage for the application. The HDD controller that came with the server is by LSI, here is the model # LSISAS3080X-R .
Well, the issue is that when I boot from the CD and try to install the OS it says that there is no harddrive found - So I connected a floppy to the server via USB, downloaded the drivers for the controller card , restarted the install and hit F6 to load 3rd party drivers, it loaded the driver and continued with the installation ...it appeared to have finished but then all of a sudden it asked for another set of drivers, it was for the same controller card but a different set of drivers. I checked online and found what appeared to be the correct drivers for the controller, created a new floppy and inserted into the external floppy drive and NOTHING happens after I hit enter.
The floppy drive is completly unresponsive and this is where the problem is as I can't continue w/o those drivers, this is the first time I've ever loaded 3rd party drivers during a windows install so if I'm doing something wrong. So, perhaps try to use the onboard controller to install the OS ? It looks like SATA and this is a SAS drive ...perhaps I need a different cable?
- Dean K.