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I have a Windows server 2003 wich was running raid1 on the drive containting 3 partitions. The raid where configurated in LSI Logic Embedded SATA RAID, so the disk shall be mirrored, but they appear as one disk in windows.

When we were adding a second hd to the server to use for backup somethin happend with the raid and the OS could not be found.

I took the sata disk and put it in another computer and saw the drive compleatly unformatted, used a program called "Partition Table Doctor" to restore the partitiontable and all looked good. I putted it back into my server as a single disk with no other disk installed.
But i just got to a black screen with a blinking _
Putted it back in extra computer as a single disk, were it stopped at "verifying DMI pool Data"

I have backups from NTbackup, but i think they ar useless here, i also have tried to rebuild the MBR.

Edit: When i use the HD as a slave in another computer, everythning is fine, i can see and open all files from all partitions.
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Did you set the boot partition as the active partition?

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by:dbaron
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Yes i did.

But it seams to be alot of problems with the partition, ran ERD commander and it could not locate the SAM, i also tryed the system file repair wich lokated ALOT of corupted files.

I decided to reinstall and restore systemstate with NTbackup, the backup from my costumer where quite old, but i can start from there, and hopefully mount his Exchange DB there
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Well This make a copy a copy of the disk before you do any changes.
As you said the backup is old Maybe you need to apply the SP before changing anything.

Good luck!
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I ended up trying to do a "bare metal restore with NT-backup", installing all SP's and hotfixes but didn't success, I dont know if it had to do with that i didn't install the roles held by the server before crash.

I soon realized that the setup for this server is so simple that i dicided to reinstall it and just lift the DATA back and inport the mails.

The server whas file, vpn, dhcp, dns, dc and exchangeserver. With only 3 users.

Some times youre stupid and try to solve things the "hard way" so hard that you dint realize the good way to do it.

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