ESXi 4.0 Dell T105 "cannot find the boot partition.

Dban Nuke used to wipe my hard drives (two of them).

Unplugged the secondary hard drive.

Installed ESXi 4.0 (declared success).

Machine starts, starts in ESXi 4.0, starts to load, then:

"Cannot find the boot partition.

Others have suggested to set parameter SATA AHCI controller. Not possible in my BIOS. I 'ATA Mode' and 'Off '. "Off" turns off the entire controller and my hard drive is not recognized.

Others still suggested to install on a USB key. Wary of such a hack...

Help, please. There is very little out there on ESXi 4. Even a pointer to VMware documentation with a list of error messages and their meaning/solutions would be helpful (unable to find such a list myself).

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I had the same problem that others are with the start-up for the drives. I went with the USB boot and it works very well because it has an internal USB port, it works even better because I'm not burn an external port. I use an older version of BIOS that does not start USB ports have enough fast for the key USB is recognized from a cold start *bummer* but not a big deal. Once this is done, I'm off the coast and run very well.

I would recommend going this way until someone comes up with a better alternative, which I would be interested in doing.

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