Dell Powerdge 1850 Perc 4e/si SCSI Server 2008 - Drives not showing up

Hey,
I have a Dell Poweredge 1850 Server with A perc 4e/si SCSI controller.  I have set up the RAID correctly, 2 Disks 36G each, RAID 1 Array.

Upon booting into Windows Server 2008 installation, the logical drive is not listed to install windows on and asks about a driver.  If i have the driver on usb for the controller and search + select it, no drives will show up!  

At startup 1 Logical drive is detected,  I have booted with a Boot CD also and the drive appears as a single 36G drive!  So I know it is working.  I assume Server 2008 maybe does not have native support for this or something.

This is doing my head in at the minute.  There is only a CD ROM drive also, so I was booting from bootable usb with server 2008 on it, not sure if it makes a difference.

Any help would be appreciated.
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TDC_LuCiFeRAsked:
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
Try booting with the server manager CD, you can download the .iso from Dell if you do not have it.
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simsjrgCommented:
Dell CD ISO - Installation and Server Management

Boot this first. It should walk you through the install and install all the drivers along the way.

You can use unetbootin to make a bootable USB key from the ISO

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TDC_LuCiFeRAuthor Commented:
Ill give it a go and get back to you guys tomorrow evening,
Thanks!
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TDC_LuCiFeRAuthor Commented:
Is there a version of this for Server 2008 R2 rather than Server 2003?  Or will the procedure work fine by selecting 2003x64 installation.  
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TDC_LuCiFeRAuthor Commented:
Charlestasse, your solution I have tried numerous times,  It recognises it but once it installs, still no drives are shown.
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TDC_LuCiFeRAuthor Commented:
It creates the RAID 1 no problem and when it gets to the OS installation pre install it freezes at 25% with error "Mozilla and localhost cannot communicate because they  have no common encryption protocols".  I have no idea what this means!  

Mozilla?  This machine is blank!
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TDC_LuCiFeRAuthor Commented:
I loaded up Server 2003 from CD and it recognises the drives!  Bizzare,  maybe ill install it and upgrade!
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
Ineed bizzare, I would avoid an upgrade though a clean install would be better.
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TDC_LuCiFeRAuthor Commented:
Hey,
Ok weird one, So i got a second 1850 and done the same thing, booted from R2 DVD, clicked load driver, chose the R2 driver and voila!  It worked.

The spec is the exact same, same BIOS, everything.

Funny though still the original will allow me to see the partition if i boot from Server 2003!

Anyway, thanks for the help.
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