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Install ESXi 5.0 On A PC With SATA Disk

I was trying to install ESXi 5.0 on a pc with a sata drive connected to an onboard sata controller. It seems that Vmware folk do not expect users to install their hypervisor on pc's, so local sata is not supported by default. However, it can be done if the sata controller features ahci:

Set sata controller to ahci in the bios setup

Run the ESXi installer

Alt-F1 in esxi installer when it reports no disks found for installation

Login = root, pw = [blank]

vmkload_mod ahci

alt-F2 in esxi installer

rescan for disks

hopefully the installer should now recognize the sata disk.

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