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Start Setup and provide a mass storage driver or a HAL file

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To start Setup and provide a mass storage driver or a HAL file

  1. Determine whether you need to supply Setup with a special file (a mass storage driver or a hardware abstraction layer (HAL) file) supplied by your hardware manufacturer:

    • If you have a mass storage controller (such as a SCSI, RAID, or Fibre Channel adapter) for your hard disk, check to see if the manufacturer has supplied a separate driver file for use with the Windows Server 2003 family.

    • If you have a highly specialized computer system, review your hardware documentation to see if a custom HAL file is supplied by your computer manufacturer.

  2. If you determine that you need a driver or HAL file supplied by your hardware manufacturer, before beginning Setup, locate the floppy disk or other medium containing the file.

  3. During the early part of Setup, watch the bottom of the screen for a line that prompts you to press F6. Press the appropriate key as follows:

    • To supply the driver for a mass storage controller to Setup, press F6 as instructed.

    • To supply a HAL file to Setup, press F5.

  4. Follow further prompts for guidance in supplying the driver file to Setup so that it can gain access to the mass storage controller.


  • If you are not sure whether you must obtain a separate driver file from the manufacturer of your mass storage controller, you can try running Setup. If the controller is not supported by the driver files on the Setup CD and therefore requires a driver file that is supplied by the hardware manufacturer, Setup stops and displays a message saying that no disk devices can be found, or it displays an incomplete list of controllers. After you obtain the necessary driver file, restart Setup, and press F6 when you are prompted.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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