I was running into the same issue, I used the USB Flash Drive F6 tool and got into the windows setup, however am now at an impass where it has gone through partitioning and everything and now asks me to "Insert the disk labeled: DELL PERC5 and PERC6/CERC6 RAID Controller Driver (Server 2003 32 bit) into drive A: Press ENTER when ready." nothing happens when I press enter. I have configured the BIOS as specified, etc. What could be the problem here? Thanks.
What system are you working on?What RAID controller do you have?What OS/Service Pack are you installing?What driver file are you using?
I could assume a whole lot of things if I read this 4-year-old thread, but I'd rather do it once and do it right, from the get-go.
Ya good point, Dell Poweredge 2950, with a PERC 5/i Raid Control, Trying to boot Windows Server 2003 and I'm using the Dell Multi Device A07 R211422 - the only one available on the downloads page. Thanks!
The USB Key Prep F6 Utility is handy ... when it works. However, it's a bit flaky, and the message you're getting is pretty normal for when it doesn' work. Allow me to suggest some alternatives:
1) nliteOS.com. This is a utility that can integrate drivers and/or service packs (among other things) into your installation media, creating a new CD from which to install. Does the same thing as the key prep utility, but lots more reliable, easier to use, and has much more functionality. Here are some tips:
2) SBUU. Systems Build and Update Utility (SBUU) is a utility used to simplify installation of a supported OS. You simply boot to it, select Install OS, and it will help you configure RAID and ask you everything it needs to know about how you want your OS installed (boot partition size, etc.). It also contains all the drivers needed for your system, installing them as it goes, so that when it's done, there is no need to update any drivers. Some tips:
Ill give it a try and keep you posted! Thanks for your time and help!
Dell makes a tool that allows for installing Windows with Additional Drivers that are pulled from a USB Key.
Here is the utility: www.dell.com/.../DriverFileFormats
You install the utility, download the RAID (or whatever) drivers that you need for the Windows install, extract the drivers to C:\Program Files\Dell\USBKeyPrepF6\Files, run the utility (which is just a couple clicks).
As a note, make sure you clear out the text DELLFLASH when running the tool. Otherwise it doesn't seem to work.
As a second note, the utility blows away your flash USB Key contents and partitions the flash drive in a strange way. I have found that you can recover your USB Key via Disk Management in Windows. There might be a more glamorous way too.