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Hello,

I have a major problem. I've got SBS 2003 R2 installed on a server with RAID on 6 hard disks. I tried to see if i could upgrade to standard windows 2003 Server by trying to install from the CD which we just got, but it didn't work and further research has shown that i can't do it this way. My problem is, the installation attampt created a dual boot one for SBS on the array and one for Windows 2003 server. I though since i don't need that I'll take it out of the boot.ini file (which i did while logged into SBS, but everytime i rebooted it still came up with the dual boot, and the 2003 Server just tried to run the setup, like from CD, and then says it can't continue and press F3, so i decided to boot into SBS and set SBS at the top of the boot order and take the timeout off.

after i did this i can no more boot to SBS, just the the setup of Windows 2003. I've tried using a 98boot disk to edit the boot.ini file (c: - then attrib -r -h -s boot.ini etc) but that says it can't find the file.

What can i do to boot bak to SBS?

THIS IS VERY URGENT AS I'M AT THE CLIENT SITE IN HOLLAND ONLY THIS WEEKEND.

Thanks
Malcolm
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Hi!

Boot in to Recovery console, press F6 to add RAID drivers and then run "bootcfg /rebuild". It will scan all disks for Windows installations and add them to boot.ini.
More info about bootcfg: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291980

HTH

Toni
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maksolutionsAuthor Commented:
How do i boot into the Recovery Console? I don't seem to have that option anywhere (is this only with windows XP?)

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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Take SBS or W2K3 CD, boot from there and choose recovery. Bootcfg works in W2K3 also.
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maksolutionsAuthor Commented:
I couldn't get to the recovery console because on of the drives on the array had failed. So i'm trying to fix that now. but i'll try what you said and get back to you later today.

Thanks
Malcolm

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maksolutionsAuthor Commented:
I've now fixed the failed disk and tried to go into the recovery console, but i get a message saying there are no hard disk installed on the machine.

I had teh C partition and two other partitions with data on them. what i would like to do now as nothing else seems to be working is format the c partition and install a fresh copy of windows 2003 server not SBS. My problem is i want o be sure that the other partitions are instact when i load the OS.

Can i use fdisk to format the c partition in ntfs? if not can i install 2003 server on a fat32 partition (i believe there are some issue with sahring and setting security on folders if i do this)

I just really need to boot load the os on partition c and still have the other partitions intact?

ANY HELP AT ALL WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Thanks
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Did you press F6 and add disk drivers while booting to Recovery console? You won't be able to see partitions from RAID drive if you don not load RAID drivers first.
Fdisk it's not used for formating, just for creating partitions. You would have to use format.exe to format partitions. Of course partition can be formated in Windows setup also, but you have to "see" the disks. And if you see them then Recovery console can access them also.
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maksolutionsAuthor Commented:
When i choose load from CD, and the blue windows setup screen comes up. The F6 option to load RAID drivers is the first option, that is before i even get to the option where it says press enter to load windows, or press R to load the recovery console.

When i do press the F6 option i get a message saying:

setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adaptor. currently setup will load support for the following mass storage devices: <none>

It then has to options to specify scsi drive or additional storage device OR press enter if you don't have a disk.

If i select the first option, it then asks me to insert a disk labelled - manufacturer supplied hardware support disk into drive A (and i don't have any such disk) I've tried the ones i have.

That's why i was asking if i can just format the C patition and install a new OS on the, but still have the other partions instact. and i wanted to know how i woudl format the drive (NTFS if possible)

Thanks
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
If you are convinced that you that you don not have importanta data on C: partition, then you will have oportunity to format this partition after you select it for new installation in setup program.
But I will repeat, you have to have RAID drivers or else setup will fail (most of the time with Inacessible_boot_device error afteer first reboot).
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maksolutionsAuthor Commented:
i finally got the recovery console to load only to scan the drives using bootcfg /rebuild and get an error message saying: failed to successfully scan disks for windows installations; and suggested i run chkdsk to see if there are any disk errors.

chkdsk reported: the volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems.

So it looks like i have no choice  but to load the OS again. I'll try that now with the RAID driver i got and see if i'm successful

Any other suggestions let me know pls. I'll update in a bit.

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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Did you run: chkdsk /r? If this does not help, then you should better reinstall.
Good luck.
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maksolutionsAuthor Commented:
I get the same message with chkdsk /R
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maksolutionsAuthor Commented:
I can't see the C drive in the list of partitions when i try to install the OS now. I only see unpartitionsed space of 8MB and my E patitions of 305MB full of data.

Then i have three lines under that saying: unknown disk (there is no disk in this drive).

I'm at a brick wall here, because i can't install on E as I'll loose all my data and i can't install on the unpartitioned space as it's too small.
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
RAID drivers can always be downloaded from manufacturer's site. You won't be able to access those drives without drivers.
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