server 2003 swap
Posted on 2011-09-05
i've got a server 2003 SBS system which has the hard drive partitioned as below:
c: - 20gb - server 2003 os
e: - 8gb - page file
f: - 60gb - user data
g: - 70gb - server data
the c drive has now almost run out of space so i need to move it to its own hard drive.
what i did was use a copy of Ghost PE which i got off of a friend to copy the partition from the original hard drive to a replace 120gb hard drive.
the copy went fine, but then i tried rebooting the server with ONLY the replacment drive i got an error stating the below:
"Security Accounts Manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Service 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 information."
i clicked ok, but if i try to book into DSRM or Safe Mode, i get the box saying preparing services (the stuff it goes through before you can actually log in) then it reboots itself.
i have also tried booting with the original hard drive in, but the same thing occurs. im not sure if any information for directory services in stored on the original drive - i didn't set up the server. if it is, and thats what's causing the booting problem, im kind of stuck, because Windows will increment the drive letters.
does anyone know of a way i can get this server to boot on the new hdd or the best way to clone a partition to a new hard drive and somehow disabling the original partition.
i dont want to wipe the partition until i know its all working again.
if none of that make sence let me know and i'll have another go at explaining it.
its getting kind of urgent