Replace vista with Win Server 2000 or 2003

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I have a HP m8120n which came with Vista 32 bit OS preinstalled; 2 SATA Drives. I want to replace the Vista with either Windows 2000 0r 2003 Server ... I replaced the system drive (which also contains the OS and recovery partition) ... with a new unformatted WD SATA drive with the intent of using their "DataGuard" disk to boot and format the drive for Win 2000 server but the computer doesn't recognize it as a bootable disk. Maybe I don't need to so do but the reasons I tried are (1) when I used a blank, formatted SATA and ran the WIN Server Installation CD, it returns a STOP 0X0000007B, Inaccessible boot device error ... and (2) my old machine, running 2000, has a SASA connection but won't accept the newer versions so I can't format such drives on that machine. I simply want to replace the the Vista OS with Win 2000 or 2003 ... my question is how?

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You will probably need to find the SATA drivers for the drive on the HP site. Try looking for the Windows XP drivers. This should work in a Windows 2003 system. Neither Windows 2000 nor Windows 2003 install media will include any SATA drivers as SATA wasn’t around then. I would stick with Windows 2003. You will probably have better luck that way.

I agree entirely – the driver file is called “iastore.exe”. After downloading the file, you will need to extract the executable which, when run, will create a FLOPPY DISK with the correct drivers.

When loading the OS (ie: booting from the CD), you will see a footer saying something along the lines of “Press F6 to install third party storage drivers” (or something like that… the key is to press F6). You MUST USE A FLOPPY DRIVE to supply the SATA drivers. There is unfortunately no way around this for Win2K / Win2K3 (per Microsoft’s Help Desk): a floppy disk / drive must be used (USB drives work to my experience…).

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