Dell PowerEdge: How the load the PERC Drivers during Windows 2003, 2008 or 2012 installation

Dell PowerEdge: How the load the PERC Drivers during Windows 2003, 2008 or 2012 installation


This article explains how to load the PERC driver during Windows Installation. Without the PERC driver loaded, the installation wizard will not be able to find a storage location.


Table of content

  1. Creating the Driver Media
  2. Pre-Installation Requirements
  3. Windows Server 2003 Operating System Installation
  4. Windows Server 2008 Operating System Installation
  5. Windows Server 2012 Operating System Installation

Creating the Driver Media

Perform the following steps to create the driver media:
  1. Browse to the download section for the system from the Dell Support website at dell.com/support
  2. Locate and download the latest PERC controller driver to the system.
  3. Follow the instructions on the Dell Support website for extracting the driver to the used media.

Pre-Installation Requirements

Before you install the operating system:
  • Read the Microsoft Getting Started document that ships with your operating system.
  • Ensure that your system has the latest BIOS, firmware, and driver updates. If required, download the latest BIOS, firmware, and driver updates from the Dell Support website at support.dell.com.
  • Create a device driver media (diskette, USB drive, CD, or DVD).

Installing the Driver During a Windows Server 2003 Operating System Installation

Perform the following steps to install the driver during operating system installation.

1. Boot the system using the Microsoft Windows XP/Microsoft Windows Server 2003 media.
2. When the message Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver appears, press the <F6> key immediately.
3. Within a few minutes, a screen appears that asks for additional controllers in the system. Press the <S> key.

The system prompts for the driver media to be inserted.

Note: The driver can be provided using a properly formatted USB key. For additional details on the driver, go the Dell Support website at dell.com/support


4. Insert the driver media in the media drive and press <Enter>.

A list of PERC controllers appears.

5. Select the right driver for the installed controller and press <Enter> to load the driver.

Note: For Windows Server 2003, a message may appear that states that the driver that you provided is older or newer than the existing Windows driver. Press <S> to use the driver that is on the media.


6. Press <Enter> again to continue the installation process as usual.

Installing the Driver During a Windows Server 2008 Operating System Installation

Perform the following steps to install the driver during operating system installation.
1. Boot the system using the Microsoft Windows Vista/Microsoft Windows Server 2008 media.
2. Follow on-screen instructions until you reach Where do you want to install Vista/2008 and select Load driver...
3. The system prompts for the media to be inserted. Insert the installation media and browse to the proper location.
4. Select the appropriate PERC controller from the list, click Next and continue installation.

Note: Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista operating systems include native support for the PERC 6 and CERC 6i RAID controller. The driver is automatically installed. For driver updates, see the Drivers and Downloads section on the Dell Support website at dell.com/support



Installing the Driver During a Windows Server 2012 Operating System Installation

Perform the following steps to install the driver during operating system installation.

1. Boot the system using the Microsoft Windows Server 2012media.




2. Follow on-screen instructions until you reach Where do you want to install 2012 and select Load driver...




3. The system prompts for the media to be inserted. Insert the installation media and browse to the proper location.




4. Select the appropriate PERC controller from the list, click Next and continue installation.









This tutorial applies for PERC6 , PERC7 (H700, H800) , PERC8 (H710, H810) , PERC9 (H730, H830) and perc 10 (H740, H840)




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Article ID: SLN49038

Last Date Modified: 06/20/2019 06:40 AM


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