Can't install W2K8 on new hard drive

April 6, 2011 at 17:17:53
Specs: Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 64 bit
hi all,

OK, here's the story. Had a machine running Win XP, with 3 hard drives in it.

Unplugged 1 hard drive, removed 1 hard drive and installed 1 new 1 TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive

Put Win Server 2008 R2 Standard 64 bit DVD in the DVD drive, I start up the machine, it boots from the DVD, and Windows setup starts. I go through the install wizard to the point where it asks 'Where do you want to install Windows?' And it displays a list of drives - the problem is, it only shows 1 drive, with drive letter O, and shows that this drive has 3.9GB. I can only conclude that somehow it's picking up the DVD drive as drive O, and showing this. Because the machine currently only has 2 hard drives in it - one of which is completely unplugged, and the other of which is a new 1 TB drive.

Of course, I want to install W2K8 Server on the new 1 TB hard drive, but Windows setup doesn't seem to be detecting the new drive. Can anyone help me?

thank you very much.

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April 7, 2011 at 07:40:52
Does the BIOS see the drive properly?

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April 7, 2011 at 12:56:40
more importantly did you install the drive host controller driver
no driver= no disk found

You do this when you see hit F6 during initial setup so you can add the driver. Or you create a slipstreamed version of your install dvd that contains the driver.

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