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Server will not boot

Windows 2003.
BSOD yields 0x0000007B error.
Has a RAID 5 configuration.
Uses AIC-7902 in slots A and B.
Looking at the slot A settings shows 4 drives and a AIC-7902 at LUN 7.
Looking at slot B settings shows only an AIC-7902 at LUN 7.
This is a Gateway server.
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Sheldon Livingston
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Sheldon Livingston
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AmickCommented:
This error indicates that the boot device is inaccessible.  Often this is a result of a boot sector virus or a missing or corrupt device driver.  

Have there been any recent changes to your system?  Are you able to bood from recovery disk?
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Don't have a recover disk.  I assume that you mean the OS CD?  This CD is missing.
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
What about the Directory Services Restore Mode?
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AmickCommented:
Some kind of recovery media is likely to be needed.  There are some freeware recovery disks available, and this MS knowledgbase article may be useful: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325879.

Have you ever been able to boot this system in its present configuration?  Have there been recent changes to the devices or device drivers?

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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
We use ActiveDisk for backing up.  It didn't work last night so I rebooted to try again.
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AmickCommented:
You mention the Directory Services Restore Mode.   That is usually used to recover from minor AD changes, but if you are able to access DSRM, that is good news.

Are you seeing the following menu when you try to boot?

Safe Mode
 VGA Mode
 Last Known Good
 Directory Services Restore
 
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danny1875Commented:
I had the same error a while back and it turned out to be the RAID card.
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Amick:  Yes I do.  It appears that the RAID (mirror drives) is handled through Windows.  This won't boot into Safe Mode or Last Know Config.
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xavixsbCommented:
Boot with server cd, and enter in recovery console and execute chkdsk /p, then restart pc.

Some 7b errors are produced by logical errors in HD

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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
I pulled the bad HD and it booted.  Ordered another.
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AmickCommented:
Glad to hear you found a solution.
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  Need to break the mirror, install the new drive and re-create the mirror via Server 2003 software.
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Figured it out myself.
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