I'm stumped and need help. I cannot get Windows Server 2008 with SP2 (64-bit) to install on an Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD. Attempts to select the disk for install report that "Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation" I have already referenced http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927520
and confirmed the following:
Method 1: Verify that the partition is compatible with Windows
>> The drive is unpartitioned.
Method 2: Update the drivers for the hard disk controller
Method 3: Provide the correct drivers for the hard disk controller
>> Using the on-board SATA controller in IDE mode. No additional drivers available.
Method 4: Examine the Setupact.log file to verify that the partition is active
>> Wasn't able to find this file where the KB article says it is. I did find a file with the same name in another location but there was no reference to the partition in the log file.
Method 5: Check for firmware updates and for system BIOS updates
>> Running 2HD SSD firmware; BIOS is one version old however the release notes state that the new BIOS only updates support for 4 processors, none of which are installed/in use on this system.
Method 6: Verify that the system BIOS correctly detects the hard disk
>> It does
Method 7: Use the Chkdsk.exe utility to check for problems
>> Haven't ran this... I assume I'd have to partition and format the drive first before running chkdsk... doesn't feel like the problem to me though.
Method 8: Use the Diskpart.exe utility to clean the disk, and then run Windows Setup again
>> I have cleaned the disk using this method, I even used diskpart to create a new NTFS formatted partition and marked it as active before attempting to select it with the installer to no effect.
I am at a total loss as to what to do next. Suggestions?
Intel X-25M 80 GB SSD
Intel Server Board S5000PSL
>> On board SATA connected to DVD-R/W and SSD (IDE Mode)
Intel® RAID Controller RS2BL080
>> For RAID Storage (6 SAS drives); doesn't matter at this stage