Server 2003 recovery console

Posted on 2010-08-20
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Hi  I have a server 2003 standard machine will not boot.  When I go into the recovery console and type the map command the drive shows a question mark next to it instead of a C:.  I was thinking MBR but I've never seen this before.  Does anyone know how to solve ths?

Question by:hmcnasty
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DO a repair install or from the console try

I hope this helps !

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Hi. Thank you. Here's the situtation.  The disk is 2 partitions  C and E.  I don't care about C too much. The data is on E. When I try to do a repair on the C drive it comes up with no letter and reads that it is a dynamic disk.  I can delete the c partition but it says it will mess up the partition table.   What are the odds that fix mbr may mess up the partition table?   I know there is no guarantee that it won't but I don't want to lose the data on E.

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If the partitions are messed up then you can use a LIVE Linux CD ( knoppix, systemrescue ) to access the E drive and see if is intact and even copy data to an external USB drive if needed.

Also there are repair tools that may help, that can be run from a floppy or bootable CD

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That linux tool, will it copy the data over without trucating?
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It should, But you will lose User permissions etc


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