Problem with VMWare ESXi 5.0 install

I tried sending this message to mgr_community@vmware.com and have not heard anything for about 5 days.
I’m running into an installation problem, I believe the problem revolves around a prior installation of MS Server 2012 Hyper-V.  I tried Hyper-V before I bought the license to ESXi V5.0 and, obviously, I want to use VMWare.

The screen shows a window with this information:

Contains a VMFS Partition

Select a destination to install or upgrade
Storage Device

Local
   None

Remote
   None

If I press <enter> nothing happens and any other key (F5) throws an error:
‘destination’ object has no attribute ‘device’

Is there a TID or something on deleting the existing partition so VMWare can proceed?

Thank you,
Brian
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Let me know if you need anything more.  It seems as though I need a way to boot from the CD with an option to recreate the drives.

Brian
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piyushranusriSystem Cloud SpecialistCommented:
which esxi 5.0 update are you using ??

will suggest you to please update to the latest release and i saw on vmware that similar to this issue is resolved in latest release.

please share output
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have a support contract you need to log a Support Request with VMware.

Can you scrub and erase the disks you are installing ESXi 5.0 to.

Is the server on the HCL?

Check the VMware HCL (Hardware Compatability Lists) here

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

I would recommend using ESXi 5.1, and installing to an USB flash drive or SD card

Here is the VMware KB on installing 5.0 on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2004784
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brianinlongmontAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the responses.  I'm using 5.0 ESXi, one rev back so I can have 3 hosts and unlimited VMs since I am unable to afford the latest and greatest.  No, I do not have a support agreement.  I'm going to see if I can get the latest update, as suggested, and see if this problem is fixed.  I will update as soon as I can.
Brian
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brianinlongmontAuthor Commented:
Tried to boot with the 5.1 ESXi and have it proceed.  Hit the same wall, <enter> doesn't work, <f5> refresh is okay, and I think it is <F1> throws the same error as first stated in the initial question post.
This hardware box is the same model/memory/CPU/etc as the first box I installed on, which went like a dream.
I think if I can get a way to delete the existing VMFS partition the rest will be a dream. I wonder if I made a Linux boot on a USB and then executed a utility to delete the hard drive and then reboot to the ESXi installation CD I'd be set.
Brian
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Erasing the disk, or destroy the RAID array.

Is the server on the HCL?
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brianinlongmontAuthor Commented:
It's not currently on a RAID 5 array but is configured as two 500g drives.
I tried the wizard by manufacturer  and motherboard (Super X7DCA-L) and could not verify compatibility, although it is working perfectly on a duplicate machine.
I believe what I need is a USB bootable linux and the command line option to intialize the hard drives and the system will install properly.
Should I post this under another question?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Boot with gparted live CDROM

Erase both disks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Thought about installing to USB flash drive?
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brianinlongmontAuthor Commented:
Downloading Ubuntu server to put on a USB, downloading your suggestion of gparted.  Will try gparted first (smaller download) to a CD and see about erasing the drives.  Do you know, is it a program option after the system boots?
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brianinlongmontAuthor Commented:
I see that it is a partition manager and the site provides some screen shots.  I'll see how it goes and let you know.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
When it boots it will display disks and is partitions
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brianinlongmontAuthor Commented:
I forgot to check the basics. Right after does it have power, do the hard drives work. Seems as though the gparted, ESXi and Hyper-V installers see nothing for hard drives.  The ESXi installer saying it sees a VMFS partition is what sent me on a wild goose chase.  Not sure why it isn't seeing the drives.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
because there is no compatible storage controller.
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