installing win 2003 will not recognize raid 1 disks

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I have a windows server 2003 with a raid contoller. I tried everything to recover the data, but it didn't work, so now I'm trying to reinstall the OS on the drives, but, when I boot to the windows server CD, it won't recognize the disks, it says there's no disks present.  Any help would be much appreciated.
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you need to find the driver for the RAID controller and press F6 during CD boot and add the driver manually
When you boot with CD, it ask to install additional Hardware by pressing F6 key. There you can select the driver file for your Raid controller.
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To add to the above, those drivers will need to be on a floppy disk.

Another option, if the server is a real server from one of the large manufacturers like Dell or HP, you should boot with the CD that was delivered with that server, and it then allows you to install your OS with the correct drivers.

One thing I'd like to mention too, is that if you install the OS on the space you want to recover your data from, you risk overwriting that data. A better option would be to add a normal HD that isn't attached to the RAID controller, but rather to the standard IDE ports of the server, and install the OS to that. Chances are that you won't need extra drivers then, and you don't risk overwriting data on the RAID array during the process.
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thankgs guys, but I can't find the driver anywhere on the net.
I have a broadcom raidcore bc4852 and I can't find the windows server 2003 drivers anywhere.

I've already deleted the array, so I'm assuming it deleted everything from the drives, the OS, etc..., as it won't boot up at all.  I even tried booting the drive without the raid controller, plugged directly into the motherboard's sata port, but it won't boot, it doesn't even recognize it.
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Try booting the Server using the PartedMagic, a Live Linux distro with very good hardware support and many tools you can use for recovery, like testdisk:

http://partedmagic.com/
DanNetwork Engineer

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thanks for the help, none of those sites worked.

I actually found the CD with the driver, so I copied it on to a floppy and now I can install the OS.

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