Access files on Raid 5 disks after W2K BSOD
Posted on 2011-05-07
A bit of background:
HP ProLiant ML530 G2 - Windows Server 2000
Approx 8 years old, no backups for approx 4 months (despite ArcServe software saying otherwise)
6 x Ultra320 SCSI hard disks, 3 per logical disk
One disk failed - replacement was installed and Windows BSODed when starting back up
Now when I the server tries to boot normally I get the error message:
"LSASS.EXE - System Error, security accounts manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Services cannot start. Error status 0xc00002e1. Please click OK to shutdown this system and reboot into directory services restore mode, check the event log for more detailed information."
When I try to log in to DSRM it will not accept the password for the local machine (which was set to be the same as the domain admin password at time of install).
I have tried a repair installation of W2K server which gets 2 3rds of the way through before encountering same lsass error as above.
Have created a BartPE disk with array controller drivers loaded but cannot see the hard disks.
I have tried inserting a 7th blank SCSI disk and loading the SmartStart software to try and create a new partition where I can install a fresh copy of Windows, however SmartStart has no option to recognise the new disk (not that I can find, anyway. Also not sure if this would be a good idea or at all possible).
What are my options? Can anyone suggest either a way to access the files on the drives, or bypass the W2K lsass/DSRM issues?
I do have other old servers I can move the hard disks to, one by one, to see if I can access them from another install of W2K or W2K3, but will this 'break' it further?
Would gladly give 5000 points if I could!