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Hi folks,

I have a client whose server is down, and I suspect a hardware problem vs. an O/S problem.  The system disk is mirrored.  I wanted to take one or both of the mirrored drives out of the server and put them in a different computer.  However, when I try booting in the new computer, I get a Stop error with an "Inaccessible Boot device" message.

I've tried booting each separately with the appropriate jumper configuration, which didn't work.  I tried putting them in with the same setup as in the original system, but that hasn't worked either.  I am getting sporadic "drive failure" error messages on bootup, but if I boot to a Knoppix Linux CD, I can see and access apparently all the files and directories on both drives.  

Is this possibly a symptom of a virus?  I had thought that as far as mirrored drives go, if the main drive fails, you simply boot to the other and then go from there.  Is that accurate, or are there other steps involved in getting it to work?  

I appreciate any help you can give.

Thanks,

Charlie T.
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Is it a Software or Hardware mirror?
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by:charlietou
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Well, it's two hard drives set to RAID mirroring.

I found the answer to the problem, though -- it turns out for some stupid reason that Windows 2000 chokes on different IDE controller chipsets on different motherboards, and fortunately I had a PCI IDE controller card that I could install in the spare computer and get the system to boot up.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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Glad you found the answer, so you should post in the community support area to get your points refunded.
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