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WIN2000 running business server 2003-EMERGENCY-WILL NOT BOOT

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Out of space on server hard drive.

Error message:

Directory services could not start because of the following error. There is not enough space on the disk.
Error Status; 0xc00007f
Please click ok to shutdown this system and reboot into directory services restore mode.

Tried booting into Safe mode and get same error message.

Need to know safest way to get to data and delete it or move it if possible to harddrive on network.
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FUROG,

Is your boot and system partition separate from your applications and/or data? Meaning, are you simply out of harddrive space, or has your partition run out of space?

If it were just the partition issue, I would recommend using a bootable Partition Magic floppy and manipulate your partitions that way; however, I don't believe you can do it unless you have Server Magic-- which ain't cheap.

One solution to both sitiations would be to use disk imaging software [Ghost, DriveImage, etc.] and copy the full HD to a newer one with more space. If you create the boot floppies for DriveImage, you won't have to install it on your already full HD or the empty new one. DriveImage will also allow you to resize partitions that you are copying.

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KingHollis-

Have 3 scsi drive letters assigned and 2 physical drives:

C:(20 Gb) boot\applications\data
D:(17 Gb) data
M:(17Gb) Exchange

I just copied data from C last week to D. We wanted to run for a week then delete the 8Gb data. Believe it or not but this issue came up yesterday and the owner made a "business" decision to have me work on 3 PC's instead of this. Today his decision is costing him. Just a rant that does no good to fixing this.

Not sure right off hand which 1 of the 2 drives above are partitioned but I'd say that C and D are one and M is the other?

I do have Partition Commander and Norton System Works 2003 with Ghost.

Is there not a way to boot to a DOS prompt so I can delete the 8Gb data file?
You can get a DOS prompt by booting into the Recovery Console but if the data is on D I don't think you can access it. And you would have had to done certain things in advance to access anything other than the systemroot on C.

I had thought of having you use diskpart and get rid of the D partition [if you have good backups] then use Partition Commander to expand C enough to get it up an running. Can you boot into Partiton Commander? But you will need to have a way to access the drive with controller drivers I think...

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Haven't tried Partition Commander. Even so I have only used it on my home 98 machine so I am going to be hesitant.

Good thing is the data we want to delete is on the C drive if I can get to it through the Recovery console.
Yeah, but I don't think that you will be able to get access to the other parts of the C drive using Recovery Console. You may be able to delete enough to get there to get the OS back up to then delete the other data?

I'm trying to remember where I've seen a version of linux that you can boot and run on a floppy, but still access the other drives on your system...

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That'd be cool....think...think...think
Are these questions about the same box?
Is this Windows 2000 or 2003?
If you don't know the admin password, you aren't going to be able to get into recovery mode either. Do you have good backups to include the System State?

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Yes...same box. No (local) admin password.

Server is WIN2000.

Running Veritas Backup Exec to tape daily. What will System State do for me?

Sorry if I messed you up...not the intention...I am just bumbling thru this.
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hmm...  Have you tried booting to the Recovery Console and deleted files from there...???  If you need to navigate to folders other than the %system%...  you can use the set command to allow this...
The System State will contain everything you need to recover this server as a DC in case you have to resort to rebuilding. Which in your case is not horrible, but it certainly won't be pretty! But that's what weekends are for, right?

I refuse to take credit for this link, as I believe it was FE that I got it from originally. Aside from being hilarious, it was very informative in how to recover your administrator password and get into your Windows 2000 box. Give it a read and see if it helps, but I am almost inclined to believe it will be quicker to do a recovery. http://www.jms1.net/nt-unlock.html

Of course, like I said, you may be able to recover the password and get in and delete just enough to get the system back up and running and then restore deleted files from backup....
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
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Here is the Set command info...  you can use this to get to other parts of the drive with the RC  

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;235364
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
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Thanks, KingH...!!  Love the honorable mention.....  But I think that the RC will cover what needs to be done here..  my post above...  :)

FE
Always looking out, FE.
I agree, but I don't think FUROG knows the admin password to even get into system in any mode. I didn't know about this until I was directed to the other question that you've been working with him on.
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
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hmm...  guess that could be a problem, eh?  :)

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I've used the password reset linux boot on an NT machine about a week ago. I'll use it to get the machine admin and then be able to get into RC. I feel comfortable with this.
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If you have changed the admin password since this has been promoted to a DC, this will not be the same password as the Recovery Console admin password. For example, if you set the Recovery Console password to "boy" during the dcpromo process and then changed the Administrator password to "girl" once it was a DC, you will need to use "boy" to access the RC.

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Should be interesting...  will await word on your success..!!
Hooray for optimism! I echo that! Good luck!

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Good news...everyone went home and we were able to boot up server. Now transferring files and will reboot and let you know.

I guess freeing up the system resources allowed it to finally boot.????? Puzzled

Feel like I'm on a teeter-totter. Will let you know if all is fine.

If OK on points...I'll give one post to FE and one post to KH.....if you keep your fingers crossed and all turns out to be a good weekend.
Have a good ride! Hope to hear good things from you!
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XXXXX  (fingers crossed..all 10...!!)

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All is well....saw no adverse effects. Will work on obtaining machine admin over next few days (thanks for info above).

On a positive note....AV is up to date finally!
Excellent! Now make sure you set your RC administrative password to something you will remember [use the steps above] in case you need to get in that way in the future! Congrats!
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Absolutely wonderful...  and kudos to KH for adding some helpful hints to finish the job.

And Thank You..!!

FE
Yeah FUROG, thanks for your consideration and best of luck!

See ya on the next one FE!
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