Will VMWare ESXi3.5 Install on SATA drives?


Overclocked Like A Mother
Hey all,

I am trying to install VMWare esxi 3.5 onto sata drives, and it won't go, giving me errors.

I tried a couple of IDE drives and the same error.

What do I need to make this work? Can I install this on a mirrored raid using a Promise PCI SATA card?

Thanks all,



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it will install on SATA.. it may not work with the promise card..

what's the error you're getting?

edit: ESX 3i is pretty finicky about hardware support. Getting it working outside of the supported hardware list can be difficult to impossible. That being said, I did get it installed and working on an HP dc7800 desktop computer with a single SATA drive. The built-in NIC would not work so I had to put in an older PCI NIC to get the networking to work.

There is a pretty sizable list of non-HCL hardware that has been tested to work by other people over here as well as links to how to get some of the working.

Getting my dc7800 to work took a little bit more work - letting the install boot up, dropping to a different shell and changing some config files to recognize the drive.. also was specific as to which SATA port it was plugged into which was odd..


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*thread moved*

Technically, it's a VMWare thing but we have no section specifically for VMWare and so I'm putting it in the General hardware section


Overclocked Like A Mother
Hi Fitz,

It is telling me that it "cannot locate the device to write to"

Thanks for the link as well, will do some reading.

I would like to have redundancy on my install.

Maybe an install on top of an OS would be better than a bare metal install.............

Thanks again, fitz,


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