I have been given an unusual request. I need to load XP on a DELL 2850 with 1 Teri byte of disk space. I’m not told how I have to do it but I am looking for RAID Controller drivers for the DELL “PERC 4e/Di Raid Controller” for XP. These are the current drives being used by Windows 2003. The notes do not indicate supporting XP.
If possible I would like to just make it a dual boot, If not then any solution will be fine
Thanks in advance.
Has anyone successfully created a dual boot with XP Pro on a 2850? The suggestion offered by pcmeiners did not work for me.
Have you tried the Server 2003 drivers? How have you been using the drivers (F6/floppy, nLite)?
You could also turn off RAID and install in SCSI mode.
What OS are you dual-booting with?
Thank you for responding.
No, I did not use nLite. Yes, I used the 2003 driver from a floppy after hitting F6. XP Pro's install utility acknowledges the downloaded driver, says it already includes a LSI diver and recommends using it instead of the one on the floppy. I tried it both ways. Neither worked.
I'd like it to dual boot with Server 2008. What affect will turning off RAID have with 2008?
I would try nLite. At the appropriate time during the nLite process (this will make sense to you as you go), select Multiple Drivers, select ALL the drivers listed, then select TextMode. You will then not need to use the F6 method.
Use the 2003 drivers, and/or the LSI XP drivers. Make sure your XP media has at least SP2 - SP3 would be ideal. If it doesn't, nLite can be used to integrate Service Packs too.
I have a 2850 that is scheduled to be reconfigured this week. I will play with it to see if I can find a way around it, but if memory serves, I don't remember anyone successfully installing XP on a 28x0.
Is there a reason you can't virtualize XP? What is the reason that XP must be dual-booted directly on the hardware?
Thank you, I appreciate your interest. I am looking into nLite and I will look in to Virtual Machine as well.
I'd rather not be discouraged by what others haven't done. However, it would be helpful to know specifically what they've tried that didn't work.
I'm open to any and all suggestions.
I recall several posts on the subject if you search the forums (and the Internet) for them, but do not remember anyone saying they got it to work without disabling RAID, as there seems to be no XP RAID drivers. I'm not trying to discourage you, but unless you have a lot of patience and time, it may not be something you want to try. I'm hoping to get my 2850 pulled down in the next few days.
If there are no XP RAID drivers that would certainly change the situation. I found several articles in the Microsoft KB on XP RAID I'll weed through.
XP can manage a "software" RAID, which you could administer from the OS once you disable hardware RAID and install XP (never a good idea to combine hardware and software RAID), converting your "disks" to Dynamic.