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Issue Installing Microsoft* Windows Server 2008 R2: Cannot Install to this Disk


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During the initial setup of Microsoft ™ Windows Server 2008 at the page " Where do you want to install Windows?" I can see all the available disks (i.e. the RAID volumes created in RAID BIOS Console) but there is an error saying: " Windows cannot be installed to this disk. (Show details)".

The installation of the operating system cannot be completed even if I create a new partition and click Next.

Below is the screenshot showing the details of the error.


This is the normal expected behaviour and occurs when the RAID BIOS is disabled in the properties of the controller.


You can see if the RAID BIOS is disabled during POST when the RAID is initialised.

To resolve this problem procede as follows:

  1. Enter the RAID BIOS Console [CTRL+G] and select Controller Properties.
  2. Click Next and on the Properties page and identify the Controller BIOS setting

  3. Change the Controller BIOS setting from Disabled to Enabled.
  4. Click Submit to save the changes. Exit RAID BIOS console and proceed with the installation of Windows operating system.


Intel Knowledge Base Article Disclaimer

Operating System:

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard*, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise*, Windows Server 2008 R2 for Datacenter*, Windows Web Server 2008 R2*, Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation*, Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems*

This applies to:

Intel® RAID Controller RS2BL040
Intel® RAID Controller RS2MB044
Intel® RAID Controller RS2PI008
Intel® RAID Controller RS2SG244
Intel® RAID Controller RS2WC040
Intel® RAID Controller RS2WC080
Intel® RAID Controller RS2WG160
Intel® RAID Controller SASMF8I
Intel® RAID Controller SRCSAS144E
Intel® RAID Controller SRCSAS18E
Intel® RAID Controller SRCSASBB8I
Intel® RAID Controller SRCSASJV
Intel® RAID Controller SRCSASLS4I
Intel® RAID Controller SRCSASPH16I
Intel® RAID Controller SRCSASRB
Intel® RAID Controller SRCSATAWB

Solution ID: CS-031819
Last Modified: 25-Nov-2014
Date Created: 23-Aug-2010
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