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Boot.ini Windows 2000 install/restore problems and hidden partition

I have a HP Netserver 3000 U3 and want to restore an existing server onto this server.

The problem is I cannot create the correct disc configuration, which I will explain below: -

The current servers disk is configured as follows

Disc 0 – contains two partitions

Partition one: - HP Partition EISA Utilities (this seems to been hidden)
Partition two: - C:\ Operating System

The boot.ini looks like this
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2000"

On the new server I need to create the HP Partition EISA Utilities. When I run the Windows 2000 installation, if you create two partitions the restore fails as it assigns C:\ to partition one and not partition two.

The Boot.ini looks like this

 multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2000"

The problem seems to be that the HP Partition EISA Utilities is hidden and Windows does not allocate it a drive letter during installation.

Any help would much be appreciated


1 Solution
Eisa config partition is created by the smart start CD.
it is not critical that you have the Eisa config partition, because the majority of what you can do in that environment either you don't need or you can use the bootable CD to do.
Do not waste time on that part.

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