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How do you boot from a degraded software raid 1 array?

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I understand that software raid isn't the best solution for data security, but we have a special temporary situation in which it would come quite handy. My question is how do you boot up the OS (Windows Server 2003) if the boot drive fails in the array? I've been trying to find a clear-cut answer or a guide, but I haven't succeeded yet. If anyone

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With mirroring, hardware or software, if the primary drive fails it should boot automatically from the secondary drive. No changes at all are required. Rebuilding the failed drive can vary however.
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I just tried to boot from the secondary drive of the array, but haven't had any luck so far. I can boot from the primary drive just fine... Basically, when I boot the system with one drive, bios asks if I want to proceed with only 1 drive. If I have the boot drive in, I can hit F2 to proceed, but if I have the other drive in, the computer doesn't respond to the keyboard.

Is there something else I should be doing, if ought to work?
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Sorry, As I recalled there were no changes necessary with software raid on post NT machines. If that is the case, I suspect you will have to edit the boot.ini file to point to the correct drive and partition from which to boot.
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RobWill, KTCS gave me the answer on another thread. If you're interested in the solution, follow this link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q117131/
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Glad to hear you were able to resolve bslorence, and thank you for posting the solution.
Cheers !
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Hey, it's the least I could do! Thanks for your help!
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