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MoonJelly

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#1 9 years ago

I am purchasing Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard tomorrow and have a question. I of course do not want to use IDE, because I have 5 hard drives running on RAID. I know Windows XP Pro and Windows 2000 ask you for a diskette when you are running setup to install Windows onto RAID, but does Windows SBS 2003 require this?

I have an Adaptec RAID controller card and a CD with the drivers on it. Can I use this CD for Windows setup so it will see the hard drives? If not, is there an alternate way to this?

Thank you.




Kwould

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#2 9 years ago

Just like WIndows 2000 and XP, Server 2003 requires the use of a floppy disk to add RAID drivers to the installation (a USB floppy drive will work for this). However, you can also slipstream the drivers into a rebuilt copy of the installation disk; or in otherwords, copy the contents of the WS2003 installation disk to a hard drive, add the necessary driver files to the installation files, then burn a bootable copy. The above is an oversimplified description, but is essentially how it goes. Here is a guide on how to do this. Ignore the first/top section of the guide.




Sgt. D. Pilla

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#3 9 years ago

I am purchasing Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard tomorrow and have a question. I of course do not want to use IDE, because I have 5 hard drives running on RAID. I know Windows XP Pro and Windows 2000 ask you for a diskette when you are running setup to install Windows onto RAID, but does Windows SBS 2003 require this?

I have an Adaptec RAID controller card and a CD with the drivers on it. Can I use this CD for Windows setup so it will see the hard drives? If not, is there an alternate way to this?

Thank you.

Why not SBS Standard 2008? Its miles ahead of 2003 in everyway...




*The.Doctor

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#4 9 years ago

Like Kwould said, you'll need a floppy drive unless your slipstream it into a new disc.

It can be a PITA when you have a machine with no floppy drive like mine... I had too dig around all my old parts for a old one just to update my BIOS the other day....




MoonJelly

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#5 9 years ago

I went to Adaptec's website and put new drivers on a floppy. After hitting F6 for Windows 2k3 Setup, Windows reads the that the disk is "Adaptec RAID Controller", but then when it goes back to the screen, I hit enter, it goes through the loading, and does not find any hard drive to put it on.

Can this be because I have not formatted the 5 RAID drives yet?