I am reinstalling Windows Server 2003 on a DELL PowerEdge 2900. I have a Perc 5ir (raid 5) on the machine. I went to DELL's webpage and downloaded the appropriate drivers to a floppy. When I boot to the CD, I hit F6 and install the appropriate drivers. The Windows setup CD recognized the hard drive, I delete the appropriate partition, the drive formats and then I get an error message. Directly after the formatting, the progress bar appears that would normally progress while copying files, although it never starts, the text at the bottom says copying files and then I get an error message saying
Insert the disk labeled:
DELL PERC5 and PERC6/CERC6 RAID Controller Driver (Server 2003 32 bit)
into drive A:
The floppy disk that I created is still in the hard drive.
One other piece of information is that the RAID array that I'm installing this on is degraded. I wouldn't think this would prevent me from installing the OS, but it's worth mentioning. I have the replacement hard drive on it's way, but I'm trying to get the unit up ASAP.