Windows 2003 does not boot anymore

My windows 2003 server does not boot any more. When powering up
a) all the harddisks are shown
b) the cd rom is show

but then it asks how to boot. hd or cd rom.  It looks like the MBR is gone ...I have a very recent full system backup. Made it yesterday evening on my Maxtor 400 GB one touch III.
How to proceed?
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Boot from the CD and select "R" for recovery when prompted
This will load the recovery console, select your windows installation and log in
run FIXBOOT and FIXMBR from the command line
John Gates, CISSPSecurity ProfessionalCommented:
If the above does not work what utility did you make your backup with?
aatjanAuthor Commented:
Hi, i did not tried to run fixboot and fixbr. the utiltiy I made the backup with is maxutilities, the standard tool wich is delivered with the maxtor. I guess it does not produce an image, but "just" a system copy ...


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John Gates, CISSPSecurity ProfessionalCommented:
Let us know what happens with the fixboot and mbr
aatjanAuthor Commented:
Ok. I keep you informed.
aatjanAuthor Commented:
Latest news:
a) i cannot run fixboot and mbr because the cd station does not boot
b) this because BIOS does not  see the cd rom and a harddisk (primary master/slave)!!!!! Stupid, i did not notice it before ...
c) so i removed the cd rom station
d) now it is shown again on the bios startup list.
e) and it is complaining about jumper settings.
f) perhaps something with CS jumper setting, master/slave ...
g) i'm very busy, therefore feedback on a daily basis
John Gates, CISSPSecurity ProfessionalCommented:
The hdd is complaining?  Please be more specific on what you are referring to on the jumpers.  What device your hdd or the cdrom.  You cannot change the position of the drives or the system definitely won't boot.
aatjanAuthor Commented:
No, what i did was to replace the old cd rom reader with another one. Now the BIOS startup shows the devices connected with the primary IDE.
I understand that i cannot replace the position of the HD's ... cannot give the messages of the bios startup routine becausé I'm not on location ...

John Gates, CISSPSecurity ProfessionalCommented:
Did you match the jumper on the new CD-ROM to the old ones settings?  It was pinned master slave or cs.?
aatjanAuthor Commented:
Hi all,

First of all: the computer is running again. Pfff .... What we did was
a) isolation of the CD rom  and the bootdisk as the only devices
b) trying to get the CD rom running: ok
c) trying to write fixboot. not ok
d) pulling the HD's out of it and attached them via an IDE USB converter to another computer ... Ok. No problems. we could read them.
e) removing the Powersupply  and using a new one
f) trying to boot from HD: OK
g) attach all the devices to to motherboard: OK.

Conclusion: a powersupply which is out of spec!!! This causes the problems: if the powersupply of the HD is out of spec then giving a boot error is logical ....

HInt from the technician: cheap powersupplies are causing a lot of trouble. They can  blow up the motherboard ...
As i does not see the hint in ee which gave me this clue i do not want to accept a solution. pls any clue to close this case.

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John Gates, CISSPSecurity ProfessionalCommented:
Post in the general community support area and reference the url of this thread and ask for a refund.
Closed, 500 points refunded.
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