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Windows Server 2003 Installation on SATA

By msteward ·
I have a newly built server tower. It has an ASUS K8V SE Deluxe mainboard, 1 GB (2X512) ECC matched ram, 80 GB WD SATA hard drive, ATI 9600 video and a Plextor DVD.

When I go through the setup process for Windows Server 2003, it gets to the "Copying files" section and then begins erroring out. The errors pertain to files being copied are corrupt or the install media is corrupt. I have tried several different installation cd's (one of which was used to setup our existing server). All produce the same results. After reboot I go back into setup only to find the media format is unknown. I have tried every trick I can think of so help is necessary at this point.

Thanks in advance.

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by rindi1 In reply to Windows Server 2003 Insta ...

You may have to load the driver for your SATA controller. Try to the find the most up-to date driver either from asus or from the chip manufacturer, possibly Intel. Then put those drivers on a Floppy-disc. Now when you start your installation CD press F6 when you are asked if you want to use foreign controllers. Now insert the Floppy Disk so that the driver can be loaded.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Windows Server 2003 Insta ...

Another note, if the Server does not have a floppy drive then you need to create a slipstreamed 2003 CD with the drivers (and updates) included and boot off that...

See http://greenmachine.msfnhosting.com/READING/addraid.htm

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nice link

by qwerty In reply to

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by CG IT In reply to

just a thought...did you format the SATA drive?

the corrput media or corrupt files error sometimes pops up when setup tries to copy files to a HDD with a format Windows doesn't recognize.

as PJ says, you need the SATA drivers to install with F6 option during setup. Without those drivers setup will not find a HDD in which to copy files to. a clean unformated HDD will prompt setup to offer the option to format the HDD if setup can find the HDD.

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