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Error Message: Windows Cannot be Installed to this Disk


Last Reviewed: 14-Apr-2017
Article ID: 000006825

What am I seeing?
During the initial setup of Windows* Server 2008 at the "Where do you want to install Windows?" page, you see all the available disks (that is, the RAID volumes created in RAID BIOS Console). However, the following error message appears: "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. (Show details)."

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

Screenshot of the "Where do you want to install Windows?" with the error message highlighted.

Below is the screenshot showing the error details:
 

Error details: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.


Why am I seeing it?

This error is the normal expected behavior and occurs when the RAID BIOS is disabled in the controller properties.
 


How to fix it

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

Screenshot of POST highlighting when the RAID is initialized


To resolve this problem, proceed as follows:

  1. Enter the RAID BIOS Console [CTRL+G] and select Controller Properties.
    Screenshot of RAID BIOS console indicating location of Controller Properties
  2. Click Next and on the Properties page and identify the Controller BIOS setting:

    Screenshot of RAID BIOS console indicating location of Controller BIOS
     
  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.

    Screenshot of RAID BIOS console indicating location of Controller BIOS and submit button