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Ok, got a weard one for ya all

My server has a 10 GB HD, but it became to small so i got a 40 GB HD.
I wanted to remove the 10 GB and replace it with the 40 GB.
I made a disk to disk copy with Ghost 2003, and removed the old HD and set the new HD as master.
I booted the server and at first it all looked fine.. then. lsll.exe error.. active directory corrupted. i booted into active directory restore mode and tried to restore the AD without success.

Then i removed the new HD and put the old one back, booted up.. and PC-DUO gave a error and could not get into windows, noteven into safe mode.
Next, i took the new HD made it slave and booted... and guess what.. it works now.. but it's still running on the old drive and somehow getting the PC-DUO file from the new one.

Even wearder, when i start explorer it opens in my profile directory on the NEW HD.. not the profile directory on the OLD (C:\) drive.

Crazyone, the clock starts NOW!!!! <grin>
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by:CrazyOne
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Hehehehe I don't know the answer.
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by:Goldwing
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LOL
Damn youre fast
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by:CrazyOne
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I really don't have any experience with active directory but I know MSGeek does. Lets see if he his watching this TA right now.
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by:CrazyOne
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Goldwing

This might give you a clue to why I can get into a question so quickly. :>)

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/Expert_Input/Q_20482099.html
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by:Goldwing
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personally i think this will be a reinstall... luckely this server is for testing like this.. so i won't screw up at a customer...
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by:centerv
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Followed you here C :>)

Goldwing
You made a disk to disk copy which most likely did not copy a needed file.
Try making an image and tranport the image to the new drive.

Cheers
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by:Goldwing
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CrazyOne

Thanks for the cool tool, this is what i was looking for, my "reload button" was doing overtime...
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by:Goldwing
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centery : ok, but why won't the server boot from the original drive anymore??

i removed the new HD and put the old one back, booted up.. and PC-DUO gave a error and could not get into windows, noteven into safe mode
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by:centerv
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Now you're getting in the heavy stuff  :>)

My instinct tells me that the copy corrupted some files and basically you need both drives for the system to work.
which files?....mmmmm
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by:CrazyOne
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Weird why the original HD isn't working now. Odd


Hi Cent
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by:Netman66
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Was the original drive a Dynamic disk?

Is this drive IDE or SCSI? On a RAID controller or just an onboard connection?

My hunch is IDE since you mention Master/Slave.  

If it was Dynamic, Windows keeps a pointer to the part of the drive that contains the file table, which is not the MBR.  The pointer is to an exact location based on geometry.

I have seen an article on how to repair this - let me look around.

Cheers,
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by:tc982
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I had the similar problem but it was even more crazier than mentioned above!

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We had a machine that uses plc to a Dell PC using softplc. But the windows 2000 was in German, as I live in belgium and we only have dutch/english software we needed to reinstall the disk. So far so good. Made a ghost before beginning installation, then installed the english windows 2000 all sp and updates included, all the siemens programs, but now, when we rebooted, with the german disk as secondary slave, we got some strange results : When the disk was booting everything was in english ( restoring network connections, applying security. ) Then the logon screen was in English, but when I opened the computer management, I had one part in english and a different part in german. example : I had a english device manager but a german Disk manager! In the same mm console!

It actualy created a new directory called documents and setting ( but then in german ) in conjucntion wioth the real Doculents and Settings!

And this has to do with the sysvol I think, so always boot first in safe mode, then open the secondary disk, and delete all system folders!

btw : your ghost copy is fine!
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by:YarnoSG
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My guess is that your HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices key no longer matches your current drive configuration.  If you edit it wrong, your system will be rendered unbootable;  HOWEVER, if you DELETE all the values here, the server will re-create the information...  (you may loose your drive re-names and have to shuffle them around...)

Reference:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=223188
http://www.jsifaq.com/SUBF/Tip2500/rh2596.htm
http://www.petri.co.il/change_system_drive_letter.htm

HTH

-Steven Yarnot
http://yarnosg.home.insightbb.com


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by:tc982
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But, we didn't edit any register keys! Why should we!

ps : i have found out that if you delete the boot.ini and sysvol directory on secondary slave, the problem is gone!
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by:Goldwing
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I'm going to remove the sysvol and boot.ini on the secondary drive tomorrow, i'm making a backup of all things as we speak.. (sh*tload of work).

If this doesn't work.. i'll be offline tomorrow..

wish me good luck...
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by:CrazyOne
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Good Luck :>)
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by:Goldwing
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Well, bad news for all (especially for myself)

First i deinstalled PC-DUO from the old (10 GB) drive
Then i deleted the sysvol on the new (40 GB) drive and the boot.ini, removed the new drive from the Server.
Starting to pray when i pushed the powerbutton, the Windows 2000 Server bootscreen came up, then *poof* reboot.
This rebooting never stopped, noteven when i tried to get into safe mode.

So you guessed it all, i've started a reinstall.
At this time (5 hours later) i have my internet up and running, my firewall (ISA Server) up and running and now working at my Exchange server.

Anyway thanks to everyone for all the support and suggestions.



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by:Goldwing
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Oh.. forgot to mention this, when the Server started to reboot, i put the new drive back into the server, but still it kept on rebooting....
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by:Goldwing
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I'm going to ask EE to delete this question, if anyone has a objection for deleting please tell me in 24 hours.
If the objection is accepted i will accept your last comment as accepted answer.
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by:centerv
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Have your points refunded and don't delete the question.
lot of good info above that someone else masy be able to use.
Good luck.
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