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Installing Win2003 Server on IBM Blade HS21

As the title suggests I have an IBM HS21 blade inwhich I am tring to install Windows Server 2003 64 bit.
I insert the CD, and assign the media tray to it.
Restart the blade and boot off the CD via boot menu (F12)
During the initial phases of the install  I specifiy I want new install as this is on top of a previous install of Windows Server 2003 32 bit.
Then I encounter the following message:
Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition Setup

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3.

The current 32 bit installation works normally and to double check the information in BIOS looks normal and correctly displays hdd information there.
I have explored installing SCSI/RAID drivers when prompted (F6) but this requires a floppy disk drive to install any OEM drivers. But I dont think this is the source of the problem at all as Windows Server 2003 should already contain all the drivers I require.

Can anyone suggest any other ideas please?
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8/22/2022 - Mon


Hi miahi, with the ibm driver, would i need to burn it and boot off that CD? Im a noob.

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All blocked unfortunately, could you get away with installing this driver off a usb stick/key?

....as the file is too large for a floppy disk.
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You only need the win2k3-64 subfolder of the driver, that fits to a floppy.