I rebooted my server and it did not want to boot , it stayed at the blinking cursor.
Posted on 2003-03-18
I was tryin to do a restore on Veritas, but since I got the wrong tape and I could not abort the restore session I went ahead and try to reboot the server, I did get a window message about a disk orphaning, when I turned on the monitor but I did not think much of it. Anyway when I rebooted it goes through the hardware list and then it goes to the blinking cursor and it stayed there, anyeay I rebooted from a floppy and try to see what is going on,Iwent into Event viewer and I had a ftdisk error, I think it was event id 12, and then I remember the window message when I first logged in to the server so I went into Disk Administrator and it gave me an error message about one of my disk had changed and was not longer present then I looked at my disks and I had only one, I had mirrored drives with 4 partitions, now I only see one, did one of my hard drives failed, which one was it the mirror drive I would think so since I can reboot even if it is from the floppy, right? Anyway my question is how can I find out and if one of my hard drives failed how do I go about when I get anotherhard drive, to copy everything from the other one, what's the best way to do this, I need your suggestions, in the meantime I can not reboot my server right, and if I do I can only do it from the floppy, does this damage anything within the system, I know I still need to find the files I was trying to restore when all this happened so I want to be prepared to either try to do it or wait until everything is fixed?
Thanks a lot for your suggestions and support, you guys have helpmed a whole lot.