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How to mirror a disk with bad block in W2K3

Hi all,

Anybody know how to mirror a system/boot disk in W2K3?

Let me try to explain what´s happening:

1. the Problem:  disk0 is reporting some bad blocks (system and boot disk) but still working properly;
2. my Solution: I put a new disk to mirror the old one and after this I´ll replace it before a complete crash of disk0.

The idea was good but W2K3 report a bad block during the mirror process and abort it.

Anybody have a idea how to mirror my disk0 or another idea to replace the disk easyly without reinstall W2K3?

Regards,

Jairo Marques
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
CAn you run DEFRAG to try to fix this problem?
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JairoMarquesAuthor Commented:
Defrag an without problem but I still have the problem:

The device,  \device\harddisk0, has a bad block/

Jairo
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corneliupCommented:
Unfortunately you can not mirror the disk if it has a bad block:

Cannot Create Software Mirror If Disk Contains Bad Blocks
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;325615

The solution is to backup everything and replace the disk.
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JairoMarquesAuthor Commented:
corneliup,

do you know how to backup and restore the boot/system disk? if yes, please could you explain me how can I do this task.
I really want to replace this disk to avoid problem in the future.

Regards,

Jairo
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corneliupCommented:
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 TechCenter
Disaster recovery
Disaster recovery includes information about how to prepare for system problems, how to use options that can help start a system that otherwise would not start, and how to use the repair and recovery options.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/ServerHelp/410ce02a-79be-4a6c-bbae-0afa9ce89297.mspx

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corneliupCommented:
Automated System Recovery
See how Windows Server 2003 can snap back from disasters with Automated System Recovery
Prior to Windows Server 2003, a Windows server installation that went bad would require a reinstall of the operating system and a reconfiguration of boot and data volumes. One of the best new features of Windows Server 2003 is Automated System Recovery, which makes it much easier to recover from an unbootable system or one with a corrupted Registry. This sample hack from O'Reilly's Windows Server Hacks shows how to fully utilize ASR and customize it during a recovery.

http://techrepublic.com.com/5138-10586-5671811.html?tag=nl.e101
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jeroenlemaireCommented:
Before you replace everything consider this:
Do you have a hardware raid-controller?
If yes, you can mirror through your hardware controller.
As soon as the mirror is established, you can usually hot-swap your bad disk and replace it with another one without having problems...

Hope this helps...
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JairoMarquesAuthor Commented:
corneliup,

I'll study this weekend how to use ASR and I'll try it next week.

Thanks,
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JairoMarquesAuthor Commented:
jeroenlemaire ,

unfortunately I don't have a raid-controller.
Thanks
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JairoMarquesAuthor Commented:
Hi all,

after a long delay I culd replace my bad block disk.

I user Acronis True Image to create a image of my bad block disk, install a new one, basic with active partition and restore de imagem from Acronis True Image.

Now I can mirror this new one.

Thanks to all.
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