Server 2003 hangs at Windows splash screen after drive in RAID 5 array fails.
Posted on 2007-03-20
I have Windows server 2003 standard on a Dell PE 4400 with five drives RAID 5. One drive failed and the system locked up. I tried to reboot. The system got to the Windows splash screen and stayed there. I left it for 30 minutes with no change. I rebooted to an installation CD to attempt a repair, the system got to Searching for existing Windows installation and locked up. Again, I left it for several minutes that way. I ran verifications on all disks and with the exception of the original failure all passed. I feel certain that I have some corruption on the array. Any ideas? I would really like to salvage this data without restoring from backup.