How to repair Win 2003 with raid and no floppy avaible...

Posted on 2010-09-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
A Windows 2003 server standard and a Fujitsu server RX100 S4 with raid and two sata drives.

It has worked fine for some years but today we got blue screen during startup, with no more info than the STOP-numbers and a text telling me that windows are damaged...

Problem is that server has no floppy (and no floppy pins at motherboard either). This is a problem since I need RAID drivers by pressing F6 at CD installation (repair) of the OS.

Tried USB Floppy from Sony. First try F6 did not find any floppy drive. I tried to have a disc inserted in the drive, adding Floppy first in the boot order, getting message that "Non system disk or disk error". Removing disc, starting up the CD installation and now F6 founds the floppy driver. Strange.

But moments later, I choose to repair windows and later on it tries to load the raid driver from floppy once more and this time it can not find the drive again. Seems that USB floppy is not supported...

I need to repair the machine. Complete new install can be made by using Fujitsu server install CD but that is not our first option...

Any suggestions?
Question by:Martin_Radbo
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You need to slipstream a custom CD with the drivers.   Lots of websites and software on how to do that, quite painless.  Just google slipstream and you will see a lot of tutorials and software to do this.
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Could you tell us what does the BSOD exactly tell to you? Maybe you could take picture of it and post it here? Then we could give more precise steps on fixing the problem.
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Could you tell us what does the BSOD exactly tell to you? Maybe you could take picture of it and post it here? Then we could give more precise steps on fixing the problem.
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You can get a utility called nlite that will let you slipstream in the drivers you need into an ISO of your installation CD.  Then you can burn the ISO to CD and install with the drivers already included on the CD.

Go here:

and get nlite.

Good Luck,

- gurutc

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Here is the blue screen. Sorry for the swedish lang but it says in the beginning:

"An error occurred and windows has been shut down to prevent that the computer is damaged".

I will try nlite software now.

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Obviously wrong image...   Is it possible to remove it?

Here are the correct one
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7b is a problem with your storage driver - mostly likely onboard SATA or RAID card.  Did it just run a Windows Update? is by-far the easiest tool to use for slipstreaming drivers/service packs.

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I have no idea about a windows update is made or not, they are done automatically. But right now I have created a installation CD with raid drivers and are trying to install/repair the installation.

After first reboot the server is at the page with: "Installation is prepared", "windows is installing", "installation finish" and it tells me 39 minutes left. But it seems to s´top there, no activity for a long time. But I will wait and hopefully it is just slow...
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I would rather check if you did change anything in BIOS as 007b points to missing drivers or unsupported hardware. This could happen if you use RAID and the drive is set to run in SATA or IDE mode. Or verse.

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Nlite was good for producing CD with external drivers included in the installation. Why have I not seen that before?

And reinstallation (repairing existing installation) did it. Maybe you were right saying that win update had changed something and the repair put it back.

Thanks for help.

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