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I am not sure what you mean by "slow" so I will anwer in general terms. I would recommend 1st that you make sure the PowerEdge meets the recommended hardware specs for Windows Swerver 2003. (Memory, CPU speed, Hard drive capacity, etc.) 2nd- I would run two Xeon processors instead of one and add as much memory as you can put in your system.
I run MS Server 2003 on one of my servers and here is the configuration that I am using: 2 Xeon 2.8GHz processors 6GB ECC Memory 120GB hard drive for the server operating system (Nothing else is on this drive) 750GB hard drive for all other applications External NAS storage for files, data, etc. (connected to my netword via Ethernet 5e)
With this setup, my server has been running very well for 6 years now. I do maintanance every week on it to keep it up to par. (Simple dusting, checking cables, etc.)
First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If this does not work then reboot and go to theBIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn'tdetect the hard drive then it could be faulty.
Next - to determine if thehard drive is faulty, remove the hard drive and insert it into an USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a workingcomputer's USB port. If this computer cannot see itas an external hard drive and you cannot open the various folders and files,this confirms the hard drive is faulty.
The hard drive needs to bereplaces in the laptop and Windows installed and the laptop's device driversand your programs etc to get a functioning laptop again.
You may need to install the Dell PowerEdge software BEFORE you install the windows os. At the start of the os process it welll ask if you need to install 3rd party software hit Fx (X= whatever number your system has for interuptions, i.e. F3) Once this is complete, you should be able to resume your install.