Hangs at 'Setup is starting windows' SATA RAID SCSI

Sep 25, 2005
  1. How to set up SATA, SCSI, RAID boot drive (workaround)

    Hi guys,
    I’m posting here because every time I have a problem I tend to look for solutions on the web rather than checking my own notes, so next time I have this problem I’ll be able to find the solution (mine).

    Ever had that welcoming blue screen with a well hung 'Setup is starting windows' during OS installation? Probably the SATA drive. Motherboard drivers, supplied with specific instructions to install via the f6 option makes no difference? Perhaps you get past that screen only to find that windows can’t find your hard drive….

    Take heart, my friends, there is a solution.

    I tried to get Windows Server 2003 to install on my 15k SCSI drive. The computer had a RAID set of four SATA drives (intended for DATA) and a second SCSI drive (intended for PROGRAMS). Windows couldn’t find any of them.

    Later, building my brothers computer, I couldn’t get XP to see the SATA boot drive. Eventually, after much hair pulling, it all came back to me – I type this on my happy SCSI/SATA_RAID/SCSI server.

    The solution for both is very similar, but on the server I had to connect an IDE drive temporarily. Install the OS onto the IDE drive with or without the other drives connected. Make sure the IDE drive is formatted in the same way that your intended boot drive will be eg NTFS, NTFS version and cluster size eg as set with partition magic.

    Once done, all the drivers are installed and the bugs are squished nicely on the HDD platter, use ghost 2003 (I prefer it to 2004 or later) to shift your pristine OS to the intended boot drive and then unplug the IDE drive (Ghost 2003 can see all the drives, earlier versions can still do disk-to-disk ghosting).

    If you intend to use the IDE drive in that computer then temporarily remove it until you are sure that all runs well and then reformat it (and take the ‘set active’ off, better still, delete the partition and create a new Extended partition instead).

    I did get a frightening blue screen of death on the server when I first started it with the new setup (after ghosting), but it was just the OS refusing to swallow all those changed drives whole. After rebooting, all was forgiven and the computer has been running ever since (18 months), except for a two month break when the motherboard went down in a screaming heap. Gigabyte replaced it (8KNXP-Ultra 64.)

    Hope this little tip is of some use to someone (eg me next time I search for a solution to that same old problem :)

    Kind Regards,
    Robert Karl Stonjek

    Additional Notes:
    1) Ghost must be Disc-to-Disc;
    2) If the boot drive is smaller than temporary IDE drive, make sure you defrag the IDE drive first, preferably with a defragger that will defrag the space as well as the files eg 'Raxco Perfect Disc V.7';
  2. rmyers1968

    rmyers1968 TS Rookie

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    Hi, Since this was the first hit I got on google when describing my problem. I figured I would post solution I found. PS I did not find this on the NET, I called a similar problem of many moons ago with a SCSI RAID controller.

    I had the same error on installing Windows 2003 R2 server on a HP XW8000 with a Dell Cerc1.5/6 SATA RAID controller (aka Adpatec 2610SA) with a RAID1 set of disks.

    What I had to do was go into the BIOS and change the Boot device sequence. I moved the PCI interface corresponding to my SATA RAID up above the Local Hard Drive but after CD and removable devices.

    When I rebooted the Install said it could not determine my type of PC, please specify, I selected Standard PC. It then said it could not see any storage devices, I supplied the driver via diskette (Why is that still the only way to give drivers, some servers no longer have diskette drives, Microsoft wake up please...)

    I then progressed through the install no problem...

    Hope this helps some of you...

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