Boot from mirrored IDE Drive

Posted on 2003-03-31
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I recently had mirrored SCSI 8 GB disks in my win2k server.  I supected one/both of them to be failing and broke the mirror and removed 1 - Then I added a 80GB IDE as and new drive and mirrored the c partition from the SCSI drive.  Since I wanted a larger D partition - I created a new/larger partition on the IDE drive and copied the data over from the SCSI drive.  I then removed the original SCSI drive and attempted to boot the server from the IDE drive.  I received a 'press any key to reboot sytem'.  Hum,  I finally got the system to boot using a Boot floppy and the server is running.. Not a long term solution..   I'm going to add a 2nd 80GB drive and mirror it with the currently installed 80 GB IDE drive.  

I thought I might run the 'fixboot /mbr' command from the Recovery Console-Is this a good idea?

****How/Can I make the hard drive boot?

Thanks in Advance for any help..
Question by:gotcha0218
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My first guess is that the partition on the new drive isn't active.  

If so, go under Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Storage, Disk Management.  Right-click on the partition you want to boot off of and select "Make Partition Active".

I suspect you'll have to reboot for the change to occur.

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Thank you for the comment.
When I check for the option it is not available or grayed out..  Any ideas why not?

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e_sandrs earned 150 total points
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Hrumm.  I was afraid of that.  One of two options, that I'll have to look at - either the partition IS already active, or the option isn't available because the drive is performing system/boot volume functions.

How about, from a command prompt:

Select disk 0 [assuming the IDE drive is 0]

list partition

select partition n [n=partition you want active]



That should be allowed.  Otherwise, a Win98 boot disk with FDISK should also be able to activate it (and check if it's active).  If you have Symantec Ghost available, you can use my favorite tool of GDISK to examine and activate the partition, too.

Of course, if the partition is already active, you may have to go to your FIXBOOT or FIXMBR Recovery Console commands - which I've also used sucessfully.  So, your original question of are these commands a good idea, I would say "yes" to - assuming we've verified an active partition.

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