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we need to recover from a dead drive and this artical is help  Q258062     Directory Services cannot start

Posted on 2004-08-09
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We had a drive die.   it had the NTDS log on it,  all the other NTDS info is on the C: drive.   Our backup system will not reconize the dead machine so it won't let us recover from the tape.   we have installed a new drive and are trying to get the active directory running again.   does anyone know of a method to do so without a backup of the log files and without having to dcpromo and repromot the system.   MORE info.   also this is not the only domain controller in the domain.   Can you take a copy of the NDTS subdirectory.  from a one of the other domain controllers and use them on the new dirve to make this work.      
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The quickest and cleanest way to do this is to seize any FSMO roles from this DC to another DC and run DCPROMO to demote and then promote the server to a DC.  I would not recommend in any way copying the ntds.dit from another DC to this one.  Depending on the speed of the link to the other DC, this should only take you about two hours to complete.  If you need help seizing the FSMO roles, please let me know.

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