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Installing Server 2003, No C drive

Posted on 2011-04-27
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have a Dell 2850 Rack mount server. It has 6 SCSI drives, which I have configured with RAID 5 and one Hot Spare.  In the Raid BIOS I have configured one drive to be 50GB (the boot drive), and all the rest to be another drive.

When I install Windows 2003 Server, all goes well, until I login.  The server OS has installed to the F drive, and the C drive is listed as "removable".  I have tried a few ways to rename F to C, but eventually it gets so confused, I have to reinstall.

Has anyone seen this, and how would I go about fixing it?  It's a Dell PERC Raid if that matters.
Question by:dougp23

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SCCMCanuck earned 800 total points
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Why are you partitioning via the RAID Bios and Not via the windows setup prompts?
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Vinchenzo-the-Second earned 800 total points
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Just configure your raid with one array, and one logical drive.  Partition your drive with the windows setup
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PowerEdgeTech earned 400 total points
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You can't fix it now, you will need to reinstall.  The best method is to partition using Windows rather than through the PERC, but if you choose to create "slices" across the disk, then configure the first one of 50GB and leave the second unconfigured until after you install the OS.  Then, you can configure the second array either in the controller BIOS (CTRL-M) or through the OpenManage Server Administrator software in Windows.  Also, make sure all external devices (except for network, mouse, keyboard, monitor) are disconnected.

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Thanks everyone.  (I tried to be fair with the points)!

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