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Windows Server 2000 will not boot

Posted on 2006-07-07
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I had a Windows 2000 File and Print Server die. It had a 3 physical drives, 2 mirrored and 1 stripe. 1 of the mirrored drives failed and the server will not let me boot from the other once the bad drive and the RAID controller was removed. I attempted to boot and got the following error message:

setup cannot load hive (file) systemRoot/system32/config/default.

I have tried Recovery Console which told me all was good but when I tried to boot again i got the same error. I have had a few of our techs go through it and they can't get past this error either. This is the only Server 2000 in the environment and I don't have an image of it. We are virtualizing the whole network in the next 8 weeks but this server hosts our FTP site. Am I fighting a losing battle and I should just rebuild from scratch or can this error be fixed?
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by:rindi
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Change the remaining mirrored drive's SCSI ID to that of the failed drive and try again (if it is a SCSI system).
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by:Graycon
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It's not SCSI, it's IDE.
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by:rindi
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Then set it to the same IDE setup the other disk had used (same IDE channel, If the other was master, set it to master too).
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by:Graycon
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Set the drive to IDE 1 and master...still no joy.
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by:Graycon
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i found a post that suggests it might be a RAM failure...any thoughts?
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rindi earned 500 total points
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You can test the ram using memtest86+ which is included on the UBCD

http://ultimatebootcd.com

I also just realized you also removed the raid controller. Is it back in and and did you connect the HD back to it?
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by:Graycon
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I've tried it with and without the controller installed. I have the UBCD and I'm going to try that next.
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