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Unable to boot to anything external.

Server details:
Home Use
BIOS rev A14 and a floppy drive.
Floppy is only drive (besides HDD's)
No OS (HDD's wiped clean before it was auctioned off)

I've been trying to install from an external (USB) DVD burner and a bootable flash drive.

I prepared the flash drive in the same manor I used to upgrade both my other computers to Windows 7 (trying to install Win Server 08).

Every time I boot, it goes through the various BIOS steps and ends at a message similar to "Unable to find a bootable device."

I've tried changing many different settings in the BIOS. I remember reading something before about someone booting and installing an OS through a flash drive, but I cannot find the web site anymore, figures!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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Save yourself some trouble. Pull a CD/DVD drive out of another computer or just buy one. They are very cheap. Connect the CD/DVD drive to the server and install the OS as usual.

If you are lucky WS2008 will already have a compatible SCSI/RAID driver. Otherwise, you will need to press F6 and install the driver from the floppy.

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First of all you need to setup the SCSCI hard drives' do raid 5 if you have the drives once the drives are configured then install your OS 32 bit
Dell may bave onboard raid or a raid contoler card Great things about servers they do not setup like PC's I use Dell servers and a few HP. not too fond of HP now

Posted on Oct 03, 2009

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