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Hi,
so I made a post earlier about me coming in possession of an old Poweredge 2600 server, I was planning on putting on WHS 2011 or the old version on it. However, it only has a CD drive, so I am limited to 700MB per disc.
I was looking around and those SCSI DVD Drives are expensive, even refurbs!
Is there any way to get around this? I looked in the BIOS and there doesn't seem to be a way to boot off of USB.
If you need to know, it is a socket 603, w/ a 1.8 GHz CPU.
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post #2 of 33
You know there is ways to boot via USB if there isn't an option to?
I believe you have to trick it into thinking your booting via floppy.
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Yeah, there was an option in the BIOS for "system installation mode" or something along those lines. It has a tape drive that the owner got stuck...
I'll do a quick google search. Does it matter if the flash drive I'd use would be USB 2.0 and the mobo is probably 1.0?
    
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Doubt it. USB is backwards compatible.
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Doubt it. USB is backwards compatible.
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This is when USB DVD drives come in handy!
    
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Would an external DVD drive work?
I'm looking at this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-206-_-Product
    
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post #8 of 33
I would try and see if you can do it via USB first. That way you don't have to spend any $$$.
But if it can boot via CD, then it should work.
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Would an external DVD drive work?
I'm looking at this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-206-_-Product
If you can boot from USB, likely you will have no problems booting from a USB DVD drive.

Just FYI, I found one at Goodwill and got it for a mere $10. Wasn't sure, thought maybe it was bad or something. Took it home and works perfectly; writes DVD's, CD's and reads everything no problem!
    
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I actually have an external CD drive lying around. I'll burn Server 2002 to it, and I'll see how that rolls. Will update soon.

EDIT: TechNet is down... I'll download server 2003 when it gets back up.
Edited by iGustopher - 6/5/11 at 3:25pm
    
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