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server 2011 essentials install problem with raid, sata drives

Last Modified: 2016-11-23
I am trying to install server 2011 essentials on a clean dell t110 server.  In the bios the sata is set to AHCI.  I configured the perc s300 for a 2 disk raid1.  
No matter what I try when I start the installation I get stuck on "the installation cannot proceed because a primary hard drive is not detected".  I'm presuming it is means it can't find hard drive drivers.
I went to Dell support website and downloaded the dell drivers - but they are executibles so the system won't install them. The drives are Constellation ST1000NM001. (note; can't find drivers on Seagate website but can get it on Dell).
I suspect that i am missing a key step. Any advice?
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