The puzzling thing for us was the list of available hard disks for partitioning.
Windows Vista Error: Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation.
A quick search of the error turned up the following: MS KB 938984: Error message when you try to install Windows Vista: "Windows is unable to find a system volume which meets its criteria for installation".
From the KB article:
You experience this symptom if the following conditions are true:While we did have a USB flash drive plugged into the system at boot with the necessary RAID controller drivers on it, the flash drive partition was not set to Active so one would assume that it would not even appear in the available boot devices.
- In the BIOS, a universal serial bus (USB) removable device is set as the start device, or the USB removable device is set to a higher priority than the first hard disk drive in the start order.
- You attach a non-bootable USB device to a USB port before you start the computer.
- You try to install Windows Vista from DVD installation media.
A reboot into the BIOS revealed that this was not the case. The USB flash drive was listed, though not the first one in the available drives to boot from. However, the BIOS setting for "Boot USB Devices First" was set to enabled.
Since we had already successfully updated the BIOS from our Technician's Thumb Drive, we had no need to further boot from a USB device so we disabled the boot to USB first setting.
Thus, the second bullet was indeed the culprit for us.
Once we were back into the Vista setup, we were able to load the RAID drivers and continue the setup without issue.
A much simpler alternative would be to pull the USB flash drive until such time as the drivers were needed! But, that was not so obvious at first. ;)
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