how do i avoid the 'inaccessible boot device' error when i upgrade my single disk win2k server to raid 1?
Posted on 2003-11-09
Whatever i do, i get a blue screen "inaccessible boot device" stop error, when trying to boot the raid set.
I have installed the raid card alongside existing disk controller, to ensure drivers are available for when the raid is started. The raid controller is clearly showing in device manager, and has no problems. From within windows I only get the option to build the array by 'clear'(ing) both disks, which the manual clearly states erases data from both disks. So not an option, since i want to mirror the first disk in the set.
So i reset and build the array using the controllers' bios program. This takes about 2 hours, after which i reboot, and get the inaccessible boot device error again.
Does raid only actually work for a clean install? The documentation insists that i can build one up from an existing disk, but i cant figure out how (except by hacking the registry boot id's to the extreme).
Its almost as if an empty raid controller, and a controller with a configured array, are seen by windows as a different devices. perhaps a 3rd disk is needed.... i dunno, it sucks.
Please dont give me the 'press F6 on setup' solution, as this isn't a fresh install, and i have no intention of doing a fresh install :) before asking here, i did extensive searching on the problem, but only met it in context of fresh installs...