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I am restoring an image from a mirrored pair of 250gig Maxtor EIDE drives (dynamic) on an HP server running win2K03 - to a new HP server with RAID5 SAS using the HP400e SAS controller. The image restores to the RAID array fine, but will not boot up. I get "a disk read error occurred" Press CTRL-ALT-DEL on every boot attempt.  I have used 2 different image products, both result in the same error condition.

I think all I am missing is the driver for the RAID controller, which I have. Can I copy the driver to the Win2k03 system folders and then be able to boot, and if so, where do I put the driver?  I installed a fresh Win2k03 to the RAID array to make sure the hardware is OK, and it worked and booted up OK. The boot.ini files of the fresh install, and the boot.ini of the restored image are the same.  I have tried a repair install which finds the previous version of Win2k03 and goes thru the motions of the repair, still no boot. The partition appears to be intact and I can access, copy files etc. to the NTFS volume.  The partition is set to active.  Please help!! Thanks.
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Do a repair on the system by putting the 2003 Install disk and boot from it. During the boot make sure you press F6 to install the RAID driver do a repair on the system which will then use and configure the system to use the RAID driver.
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I have tried this, and after htting F6 it asks for the driver from drive a: and there is no floppy on this server. How do I get the install to find the driver?
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Then the driver must be slipped streamed into the Windows 2003 CD? How was the server installed? You can also try to just do the repair without putting the RAID driver.
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Tried the repair without installing the driver, and by watching the list of drivers loading, the correct driver name was installed, but probably an earlier version too old for the hardware. This repair attempt did not change the issue. Slipstream is the way to go I guess.
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Did you get it slipstreamed?
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I do not have the server at my location, so I must go there Friday to attempt the slipstream driver. I found a product called "nlite" which looks promising for developing custom slipstream ISO bootable installs for 2000,XP, 2003 server.
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Found some info on HP website concerning mydilema with this exact server, see http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?admit=109447626+1240436791223+28353475&threadId=1080118

I can get a bootable system by using the HP SmartStart, but that is only for new installations, not a repair situation, which I think may solve my problem.
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Good let me know how it goes friday
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Slipstreaming the driver into the install allowed me access to the previous version of Windows, but did not reapir the installation. It seems that on these HP servers, there is a feature called "Virtual Install Drive" that also must be disabled.  The server is designed to use an HP product called "USB Drive Key" (seperate item purchased from HP) which allows F6 key to be pressed and will emulate a floppy to install the driver. That is my next step in this exercise, I suppose since I really do not want to install from scratch and restore 250+ gigs of live data.
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That would be a good next step.
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OK, finally back to this thread, I have slipstreamed the driver into the Win2k03 installation CD, Then I did a repair install which found the new drive array and the existing copy of Windows. After going thru the install process, it says Your Computer will Reboot and the installation will continue. Doesn't happen. The system just hangs with a black screen after it restarts.  Lights are flashing on the hard drives of the array, but no boot. I have gone into recovery console and done a "FIXBOOT" and ran "BOOTCFG /REBUILD" both successful.  Also passes CHKDSK with no errors. Can someone give me some input on where to go next? Thanks.
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