on install, when converting FS to NTFS keeps looping...

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by Peter, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. Peter

    Peter Guest


    just curious if anyone's ever encountered this one with NT4.

    I have a new server to replace old NT4 hardware.
    Intel MB SE7501HG2
    intel raid controller scrzcr 2 channels
    5 x 146gb u320 drives in raid 5 configuration on channel B
    2 x 36.4gb u320 drives on channel A, to be raid 1 once O/S installed.
    2GB Ram
    Dual xeon 3.06GHZ cpu's

    threw in the nt4 cd, does its thing, install raid controller drivers,
    create 4gb partition, format for NTFS
    formats drive,copies over files then reboots as normal.

    1.after the reboot, everything is normal, blue screen comes up, says file
    system is FAT.. converting to NTFS, then reboots
    2. goto 1, and keep going to 1.

    bascially goes into a loop at the NTFS conversion step, but never gets out.
    i then tried as FAT, and the installation continued.
    so i had to setup the new box as FAT file system, then on the upgrade to
    W3K, modified the unattend.txt file to convert the filesystem to ntfs:

    i've never seen this before, just curious if this is an NT4 issue or
    something else.

    thanks in advance
    Peter, Aug 26, 2004
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    Miha Pihler Guest

    Miha Pihler, Aug 26, 2004
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  3. Peter

    Jetro Guest

    In addition to Mike's advice strip the hardware down including the RAM and
    excessive disks. During FAT to NTFS convert in NT4/2k you finish with a
    cluster size of 512B. If you're migrating to W2k3, sacrifice for upgrade any
    other legacy box.
    Jetro, Aug 27, 2004
  4. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Hi Jetro,

    ok, i'll try that out.

    thanks forthe advice
    Peter, Aug 27, 2004
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