Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium

  • Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 183
  • Last Modified:

Boot from mirrored IDE Drive

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..
  • 2
1 Solution
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.
gotcha0218Author Commented:
Thank you for the comment.
When I check for the option it is not available or grayed out..  Any ideas why not?
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.
This question is still open and getting old. If any of the comment(s) above helped you please accept it as an answer or split the points who ever helped you in this question. Your attention in finalising this question is very much appreciated. Thanks in advance,


- If you would like to close this question and have your points refunded, please post a question in community support area on http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/ giving the address of this question. Thank you      


Cleanup Volunteer


Featured Post

[Webinar On Demand] Database Backup and Recovery

Does your company store data on premises, off site, in the cloud, or a combination of these? If you answered “yes”, you need a data backup recovery plan that fits each and every platform. Watch now as as Percona teaches us how to build agile data backup recovery plan.

  • 2
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now