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ASR Formatting D Drive

I am trying restore an ASR (2003 SBS) to a newer machine. It has 2 drives like the old machine. The first thing I see that looks wrong is on the screen "To restore ... Setup must delete all of the partitions listed below:", I see both my C and D drives listed:

953968 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]
1907727 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]

x and y are the sizes of my C and D
if you click C to continue, the ASR formats the C drive, restores its temp windows copy, THEN FORMATS THE D drive, then starts ntBackup which asks for your backup (which was on the D Drive). While formatting the messages appears:

Formatting volume \DosDevices\D: ...

I tried disabling the D drive in BIOS, running ASR until it asked for the backup. There I booted, re-enabled the D drive, and let setup restart. Setup reinstalled the temp windows copy, then reformatted the D drive.

I am trying VMWare's ESXi on another machine. I created a VM with 2 disks and booted ASR. I do not get tyhis problem.

Note: I am using a USB floppy on the new machine.


Is there some way to tell ASR not to format the D drive?
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MikeBroderick

8/22/2022 - Mon
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The backup was made to a hard drive, D. The diskette is USB attached.
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I went into the .sif file created on the diskette. First I found the buses section:

[BUSES]
1=1,3

and added the line:
2=1,3

Next I went to the [DISKS.MBR] section and changed

2=1,1,1,0xf84ef84e,512,63,240,312581808

to

2=1,2,1,0xf84ef84e,512,63,240,312581808

This mostly worked. The first screen still showed both hard drives, warning it will format both of them, but only formatted my C drive. The backup was there on the D drive when ASR requested it.

Obviously this method is not officially supported. If anybody knows were the diskette file layouts are documented, please comment.

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