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2 80GB HD's, 2 win2k3 OS's on seperate HD'd. One boot.ini on C:\. I need one on D:\win2k3 to make a ghost backup of win2k3.

Posted on 2004-08-21
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I forgot to disable my C:\ when I installed win2k3 on my second HD so it put both win2k3 boot loaders boot.ini mbr etc.... on C:\. If I disable c:\ then my win2k3 on D:\ will not boot without a boot.ini. Surprise surprise but if I copy the boot.ini into d:\ it still will not boot my OS on d:\ without C:\ being enabled. I just set up my server on D:\ and want to make a ghost copy on C:\ or vice versa as also a couple on CD or DVD.

This so when not if the server goes down I can simply boot from the other HD and ghost a good OS back to the drive that went down.

I put too much work into the win2k3 OS on d:\  and win2k3 on c:\ has had nothing done too it.

I need to make my d:\ drive bootable since it has the d:\windows directory in it.
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by:olm4n
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I found this as one possible solution.

http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/111132.html

Copy the ntldr, ntdetect.com, and boot.ini into the d:\. I have not tried this yet but will in a few hours.
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by:olm4n
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The above solution does not work.

What about copying the whole windows folder into c:\ as also the documents and settings and everything else but leave the boot.ini etc....

I can see where this would be a big problem if it didn;t work cause then I would hose my server OS.
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jhautani earned 500 total points
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Firstly for the d: drive OS to be able to boot it has to be on a primary partition and marked active.
 If these are OK , boot from Server CD with your C: drive disconnected. Select repair with recovery console, and at recovery console run commands 'fixmbr' and 'fixboot'.
If these won't help boot again from CD, select to install and after setup has found your existing OS installation, choose to repair it.

hope this helps
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by:olm4n
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Yes but after the repair install will my active directory be setup? I am thinking it won't be?

This is a primary partition and it is marked as active.

I have done the fix boot and fix mbr. You first have to have a boot.ini and mbr(master boot record) which this drive does not have since it is all on c:\.
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by:olm4n
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Okay folks. I figured it out. Not sure which files did the trick but with hardrives with win2k3 on it I simply copied over ntdetect.com, boot.ini, config.sys, io.sys, msdos.sys, ntldr, pagefile.sys and virtpart.dat.

And then I set the partition to active like jhautani said.

Thanks guys. Not sure what was wrong before when I tried that but now I got it figured out.

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