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How do I make my restore target disk bootable (Windows Server 2008)?

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I wrote an image backup of  my Windows Server 2008 (Standard) system drive to an external USB drive. I used  Windows Backup software built into WS2K8. I want to migrate the system disk from a RAID 5 array to a single disk on a PCI to SATA controller requiring additional drivers (not the same disk & controller combo that the backup was taken from.)

Using DISKPART and WBA command line functions I successfully performed a full server restore to the new disk.*

Now how do I make my restore target disk recognized as a bootable system disk?

* Restore command line = wbadmin start recovery -version:12/23/2007-05:59 -itemtype:volume -items:c: -backuptarget:h: -recoverytarget:c:
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The problem may be related to the fact that your controller has changed, so what was formerly in boot.ini ( now in \boot folder, needs to be changed.

Not sure how to do this outside of Windows.

You may have to do a repair install, or install a temp win 2008 to a different disk/ partition so that you can run one of the programs below to fix it.

lastly also repair console  with

fixboot
fixmbr

may help


http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/G/NeoSmart+Technologies+Guides;jsessionid=E4B5CE98F2592FC73DECAA5FF6E6AD19

or VistaBootPro http://www.vistabootpro.org/ - both are free and work well.

   
I hope this helps !
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Thanks SysExpert - I should have mentioned that the system is still operational with the RAID array as the system disk. I just want to migrate over to the single disk to free up the RAID array. So if there is a way to convert my restore target disk to make it bootable from within Windows, please let me know. I tried using the management console storage options unsuccessfully.

I may be missing something Vista Boot Pro offers, but it seems it's purpose in life is to allow additional OSes to be added to a functional system disk boot sequence. I don't see how to make a non-system partition bootable with this tool.

I'll check out NeoSmart.
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