WinPE 2.0, Diskpart and Windows Server 2003

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by wjvii, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. wjvii

    wjvii Guest

    According to KB article KB931761 there are a few workarounds and also a
    hotfix that resolves this issue. I have attempted to use both workarounds on
    a new install and have also gotten the hotfix and applied it to my new
    installs but no matter what I do I still get a disk read error whenever I
    reboot the system to continue the installation. I have even been able to
    duplicate this on a virtual machine. My steps are as follows:

    Boot to WinPE 2.0 via WDS (or CD, doesn't matter)

    Run the following commands:

    select disk 0
    create partition primary size=20480
    assign letter=c
    create partition primary
    assign letter=d

    format C: /fs:ntfs /q /y /v:programs
    format D: /fs:ntfs /q /y /v:Data

    Install Windows Server 2003 using:

    winnt32 /s:i:\w2k3wsp1\std\i386 /syspart:c:

    It runs and copies files and the exits. I then exit WinPE.

    When the system reboots you get:

    A disk read error occurred
    Press Ctrl-Alt-Del

    Am I doing something wrong here or is there some other way to resolve this?
    I can always fall back to CD or DOS and a network boot floppy but it would
    sure be convenient to be able to use WDS and WinPE to get the job done.

    Thank you in advance.
    wjvii, Apr 1, 2007
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  2. wjvii

    Eskil Moe Guest


    If you format the disk to fat32 it works.
    format C: /fs:fat32 /q /y /v:programs

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    Eskil Moe, Apr 13, 2007
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  3. wjvii

    wjvii Guest

    For anyone who may need to know the answer I found that in order to get this
    to work I had to use:

    bootsect.exe –NT52 All

    Right after formatting the drives from within WinPE 2.0. Once I did that I
    was able to successfully install Windows Server 2003 and boot the system.

    wjvii, Apr 14, 2007
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