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Proliant DL580 G7 Flash Media Kit

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Hi All,

I have a 2xDL580 G7 with an HP 4GB Flash Media Kit installed.  I am trying to install Windows Server 2012 on these units and I'm having no luck at all.

At the point where you would select your destination partition for the OS install, I see the required drive and highlight it, then click Next.  At this point I get a 'We can't use this partition.....unable to locate a partition, blah blah .....' error from the Windows installer.  I have installed the array driver (P410i Smart Array) and I can select the drive (I even formatted it from this screen) but when I click 'Next' I get the error.

I have reviewed all the documentation available and SmartStart is not an option as Win2012 is not supported and, of course, Intelligent Provisioning doesn't apply to G7 or earlier.  I think the problem is the Flash Media Kit as I read elsewhere that other techs where having issues installing Windows Server 2012 when there were extra drives.  The Flash drive doesn't show in the list but, I think, it is getting in the way anyway.

So to my question - Does anyone know how to either disable the Flash Media Kit or physically remove it?

Thanks for any help/guidance you can offer
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Item 6 on the SPI riser drawing here - http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&objectID=c02283108&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN (sticking out the top of the card the video connector is on)
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andyalder,

Thanks for your prompt response.  So removing this card will disable the device?

I will get a chance to try this tomorrow and I'll comment accordingly.

Thanks again
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Yes, pulling the SD card out will disable it. We normally only use them for VMware hypervisor.
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Yeah that was the reason for adding the kit, but we're seriously considering Hyper-V so this is a test bed install to beat the crap out of it for a bit.  Thanks again
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Thanks for your prompt response
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