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T710 not able to reinstall windows

Posted on 2016-08-06
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This server I have has 6 disks, 4 built on Raid 10 and 2 hot spare.

I simply want to reinstall windows server 2012 on it but while installing windows I get an error message:

"We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files."

This message comes up right when we delete partitions and click NEXT to install windows.

STEPS TRIED:

Tried rebuilding raid - same issue.

I made sure HDD is first boot device.

Disable internal USB in BIOS

Selected repair option and command prompt and used disk part to clean the drive and create primary partition.

Not sure what to do next ?
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by:bbao
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what does the mentioned log say regarding the issue?

ever tried using DISKPART to correctly partition the drive instead of using the GUI version during Windows setup?
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by:Kimputer
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Try to force Windows setup to read the newest storage drivers before showing the disks (have them download and ready on another usb during install)
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Manuel Flores earned 500 total points
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T710 is a DELL server, isn't it?.

You should have a boot disk from DELL to start the installation.  Running from that CD, it prepares the server with correct drivers, helps to partition the disk, etc.  After that, in a given moment, it asks for the operating system to be installed and asks for the operating system cd.

You can download it from Dell.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Which RAID controller?
How large are your disks?
What make/model are the disks?
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by:jeremy22
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Thank you everyone for comments for some reason it just does not like Bootable USB to get it installed from. I tried different ports still nogo. My USb was USB 3.0 interface though so not sure if that was the reason too. I guess I could have tried load drivers option as well and try to find the driver.

But I simply burnt a CD with server 2012 and installed Windows with no issues.

Thank you all.
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