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Windows Home Server fails to find Hard Drive RRS feed

  • Question

  • The instal from the CD all seems to go very well but then it tells me it can't find a compatible hard drive.

    On boot up the computer detects and confirms both the existing drives then I get the little green moving bar screen telling me to wait and then it comes up with a multiple stage instalation process in which the first stage tells me that it can't find a hard drive and asks if I want to look for one in a variety of folders but nothing looks like it'll work.

    Windows XP Professional has no trouble booting.

    Hummmmmm!

    --john

    Saturday, February 24, 2007 7:48 PM

Answers

  • You need to load the Windows Server 2003 driver into a floppy disk and leave the disk in during the Windows Home Server install.  Windows Home Server will ask for the drivers once but needs them during two portions of the setup.  It will ask during the "Graphical Setup" and ask if you want them in text mode.  Go ahead and click yes for that option.  During the next reboot, Windows Home Server should automatically pull the drivers from the disk if the disk is left in the drive.  This should resolve your issue.
    Thursday, March 1, 2007 8:50 PM
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All replies

  • I presume you are talking about the Server installation? Is your primary drive greater than 40 GB in size? Minimum HDD size required for WHS install is 40 Gigs.
    Sunday, February 25, 2007 12:31 AM
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  • Are you using any kind of aray controler? Sometimes you may need to add drivers for aray controlers.

    Sunday, February 25, 2007 7:02 PM
  • after first reboot... u might need to input drivers again, from floppy.
    in the same way in which you might for a windows xp install.

    i had to do this otherwise i recieved a blue screen.

    Barty
    Sunday, February 25, 2007 7:30 PM
  • Ok, I can see where that might be necessary ... where might I get these drivers and what would they look like?

    I tried copying the system32/Drivers folder to a CD and opening that when the WHS instalation asks me if I want to install drivers but it can't find anything there.

    Hummmm...

    --john

    Tuesday, February 27, 2007 2:46 AM
  • You generally only need storage drivers if you are using a RAID card or something.  Most all setups don't need storage drivers.  Are you using a factory system or a home-made system?  If a factory system, what's the model:?  Also, as mentioned above, what size and kind of hard drive are you using  (e.g. IDE/SATA/SCSI)?
    Tuesday, February 27, 2007 3:21 AM
  • You need to load the Windows Server 2003 driver into a floppy disk and leave the disk in during the Windows Home Server install.  Windows Home Server will ask for the drivers once but needs them during two portions of the setup.  It will ask during the "Graphical Setup" and ask if you want them in text mode.  Go ahead and click yes for that option.  During the next reboot, Windows Home Server should automatically pull the drivers from the disk if the disk is left in the drive.  This should resolve your issue.
    Thursday, March 1, 2007 8:50 PM
    Moderator