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Recovering failed Intel server SR2500ALBRPR

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I have a failed SR2500ALBRPR server. Motherboard is S5000PALR. It started with a failed CPU fan and then system shutdown. The OS is Windows Server 2003 Standard. Intel does not have spare fans at the moment. I removed the bearing and fan blades and plugged the fan back in. The server starts but resets when it gets to the Windows screen. It looks like the OS is damaged.
I have run the RAID consistancy check. It found an error but did not resolve the problem.
I tried F8 and booting to last known good state but it just resets when loading.
I now have to boot from the Windows DVD to run a repair but I know there are drivers and a special disk that has drivers. I do not want to loose the data on the drive as that would be a problem.

How do I go about loading Windows Server without loosing any data so I can run a repair?
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salaskid earned 1500 total points
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During the install process it will scan yours disc's and should find your previous install and should give your the option to repair it

other option do a fresh install to a new drive and once it is done your can access your data on the bad drive and recover it that way
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The data itself is not an issue as we have a backup. It is the loading of all the software and configuring that I am trying to avoid if possible.

You first option is the best. But I need to know do I run the Server boot disk, which is Linux, and then what option do I select so it loads the drivers but does not format the drives.
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Good suggestion but what about the Intel drivers? They do not load with Windows.
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