We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Installing XP Pro on a Dell Server with a backplane

VaughnInd asked
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have a new PowerEdge 840 with two SATA hard drives in a backplane.  It was my intention to set up a RAID 1 mirror.  When I try to install XP Pro it doesn't see and hard drives.  What do I need to do to get XP installed in this configuration?
Watch Question

When installing Press F6 at the begining of the install and load the drivers for the Drives.  You see the prompt for select F6  scroll on the bottom of the screen during the first couple minutes during the install.


That appears to be correct but when I get there it has me hit S to specify the drivers then gives me a message "Setup could not find a floppy disk drive on your to load OEM drivers from floppy disk - Pres ESC to cancel loading OEM drivers - Press F3 to quit setup"

It never gives me the option to load from any other media and obviously I don't have them on floppy.  Where did I go wrong?
XP only supports loading drivers from a floppy using F6 during setup, if you don't have a floppy you'll need to slipstream the drivers onto an xp cd, I use Nlite(www.nliteos.com) to slipstream my xp cds. You won't need to use f6 once the drivers are slipstreamed.

Not the solution you were looking for? Getting a personalized solution is easy.

Ask the Experts
Access more of Experts Exchange with a free account
Thanks for using Experts Exchange.

Create a free account to continue.

Limited access with a free account allows you to:

  • View three pieces of content (articles, solutions, posts, and videos)
  • Ask the experts questions (counted toward content limit)
  • Customize your dashboard and profile

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.