System State restore with different mass storage hardware/driver.. possible?
Posted on 2006-05-20
Folks, I've been bashing my head against this for like two months. I'm super frustrated!
I've got a PC running SBS 2003. I call this the "original system". I want to restore it to a different PC with an adaptec 1210 SATA controller (so I'll have RAID-1, mirrored drives). I call this the "destination system". That SATA (mass storage) controller is the real problem, eh?
I know -- I could swing it, but this experiment is meant to teach me how to recover SBS installations *IF* one of my clients' servers fails/is-stolen/is-watered/etc..
Here's what I've done:
1) Make a full backup of the original system - including System State and Exchange and everything on the C: drive. Including my half dozen exchange users, it's about 15 GB of data.
2) Install SBS on the destination system from CD media. Yes, I have to "F6" to add the adaptec driver from floppy during this installation. Works just fine. I let it do the whole SBS installation.
3) Bring destination machine's O/S up in directory restore mode. Restore all the C: file system data and System State into the machine. This over-writes the machine's drivers. Once I re-boot, the Adaptec drivers are *GONE* -- so the machine blue screens and reboots itself.
I've been told that I can "add" the adaptec driver to the existing O/S installation by doing an "in-place upgrade" or "repair" install. I can't figure out how in the heck to do that. I do this:
A) Boot the destination machine, after the system state restore, from SBS CD 1 and press F6 to add the adaptec driver. Add the adaptec driver (2003 server certified version, v1.00) from floppy. No problem-o.
- Setup Windows Now, Press Enter
- Repair using Recovery Console, press R
- Quit, F3
B) I press enter to setup Windows.
Next Prompt: License junk. I press F8 to agree.
Next: System looks for previous installations of Windows. Finds the existing partition, which is expected. My choices are:
- Setup Windows on the selected item (partition), press Enter
- Create a partition (left some of the disk unused), press C
- Delete the selected partition, press D
I press enter, to setup windows.
SBS pukes this error/warning at me:
You chose to install Windows on a partition that contains another O/S. Installing Windows on this partition might cause the other operating system to function improperly. Caution: blah, blah, blah..
- To continue Setup using this partition, press C.
- To select a different partition, press ESC.
I press C.
At this point, I'm obviously not going to do a repair or in-place upgrade installation.
I swear, I've poked through this process for like 6 hours, about a dozen times. I can't see any way to repair/upgrade the installation to get that adaptec driver installed.
How on earth can I install this driver? I know a little bit about the recovery console. I know how to edit text files. Don't fret about pointing me to complex solutions. *ANY* solution will make me happy!
*boing!* -- if I install the driver into the "original system" -- even though the hardware does not exist in that machine, will the driver get backed up and restored into the "destination system"..?
This thing is murder. I wish I could assign like 8000 points to this.