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Okay, so today I bought a Dell PowerEdge 2500 with no OS on it. I was trying to install one, but Windows Server 2003 won't detect the hard drives on the SCSI controller. There are no IDE channels and no SATA ports either. I have tried the Adaptec driver from dell but it still fails to install the OS. If someone could just point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it!

asked Jul 18 '12 at 21:05

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Did you try and check with Dell to see if they have the drivers for the SCSI adapter and use those when it comes up to do the inserting them into the OS on boot up. ( think it is F2 or F6 when it shows up on loading the OS. It should ask for them. And it should detect the OS right after that. Is the SCSI adapter turned on for that matter in the BIOS? Check the settings to make sure in the BIOS first to make sure that the SCSI adapter is turned on. Then go for the drivers afterwards. I used to use the combination of IDE and SCSI in some machines over here and never had a problem.

answered Jul 18 '12 at 21:16

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Thank you! I figured out what was wrong in the BIOS.

(Jul 18 '12 at 22:01) mrgeekgnome mrgeekgnome's gravatar image

Did you use the scsi or raid loading option? if so you need the dell resource disk with the diagnostic utilities.

answered Jul 18 '12 at 21:25

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Okay, that fixed it! Thank you!

(Jul 18 '12 at 22:01) mrgeekgnome mrgeekgnome's gravatar image

My pleasure.

(Jul 18 '12 at 23:15) ClosetFuturist ClosetFuturist's gravatar image
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Asked: Jul 18 '12 at 21:05

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