Windows Server 2012 to RST RAID 0 Error: Windows can’t be installed on drive 0 partition 1 – and Others


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We had the following errors when trying to install Windows Server 2012 onto a desktop setup:

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Windows Setup

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.

And then, after fiddling about with DiskPart we managed:

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Windows Setup

We couldn’t install Windows in the location you chose. Please check your media drive. Here’s more info about what happened; 0x80300001.

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.

The PC setup

  • Intel DX79SR with Core i7 and 64GB RAM
  • Intel RST RAID enabled and 6x 160GB Intel SSDs in RAID 0
  • Primary SATA set to RAID
  • Secondary SATA DISABLED in BIOS
  • Boot order set correctly

Now, it is important to note that these SSDs have been in and out of various systems.

So, a last ditch effort:

  1. Log into the RAID BIOS
  2. Reset the disks to NON-RAID
  3. Boot to WinPE
  4. SHFT+F10
  5. DiskPart
  6. Select each SSD and CLEAN
  7. Reboot
  8. Log into RAID BIOS
  9. Set up RAID 0
  10. Boot to Windows Server 2012 Setup

We created our 120GB partition and did not see a single message.

So, rule of thumb: Clean each disk while in JBOD/Standalone mode with DiskPart before configuring the disks in a new host-based RAID setup (chipset RAID).

A hardware RAID setup would initialize the disks (use the deep/long initialization to run a full set of zeros across all platters/SSDs if problems happen) so we would not normally see this problem.

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

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