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Dell PowerEdge 1400SC Can not locate hard drives or partition

I am trying to reinstall the operating system on a Dell PowerEdge 1400SC, however once the windows set up starts It alerts me that no partion or hard drives can be found. There are 3 hard drives on this system and I do not think the problem is with the hard drives.

Any ideas as to why the server would not recognize the hard drives on install?

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You need to download Dell's Storage Managment ISO file, create a CD, boot the system with this CD and set up the array. This will also give you the option to install the O/S with no user input.

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The controller (probably a RAID controller) that the drives are connected to is one for which Windows does not have the correct drivers. You need to supply the proper driver and .INF files during the initial load. The process used depends on the version of Windows you are installing.

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Call Dell Customer Service.
Or E-mail them.....all info can be found on:
Dell.com!

You may be able to Download them....

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Also There's a better way if you don't mind ignoring all the CRAPPY software that comes preloaded with your operating system.......

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