Trying to install Windows Storage server 2008 from img file using GPT file system on a Dell NX3000 NAS Box

Posted on 2012-08-20
Last Modified: 2012-08-20
I’m Trying to install Windows Storage server 2008 from img file using GPT file system on a Dell NX3000 NAS Box. The installer from Dell will only do it as NTFS. It gives me no choice between NTFS and GPT. It is all one 6TB RAID 5 partitioned with a 80GB OS and the data partition has been divided up into two partitions because it is NTFS as well.

I think that need the RAID needs to be setup in The BIOS or other utility during POST.

Please help as this is a mission critical machine that has been down for a week.

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As usual Thanks in advance EE community!!
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Question by:jpertchik
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    The trick is that you need to boot first from a other bootmedium like a livecd or a windows pe edition. You need to change from bootrecord to gpt.
    After that you should see in the install the new partition like you wanted. I think we did this way last year on a similar machine then you.

    Author Comment

    That sounds really logical. I'm on the phone with Dell (on hold of course!). They are assisting me as well. I want to see what they say and compare it to what you have told me. I really appreciate the quick response. I'm going to forward your suggestions to them so everyone is on the same sheet of music.

    I'll let you know what happens after I work with them. Your information might be something that they have overlooked in the past. I've had the same problem for a week now and have worked with several technicians.

    As always when I consult the EE community, thank you so much for your insight!

    You rule,

    Author Closing Comment

    This guy got back to me QUICKLY!

    Thanks EE community!

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