Win 2008 restore hitch with WindowsImageBackup

This Win 2008 server totally crashed and I have Windowsimagebackup of all critical volumes on a remote server.

Did not have large enough portable USB disk to copy that backup and connect to crashed server, and could not view network while using Restore option with OS DVD.

So, did a quick install of OS and after network could be seen, used remote location to restore the backup image. However, since C: drive was in use, the restored image could only be put on D: drive. Made D: partition active and C: inactive, and now none are working.

My question: If I do the temp OS install on D: drive and then do a restore to C: drive from that network location, will I be able to get back the old server if I make C: active and D: inactive afterwards? Thanks.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Do you have second HDD (I mean internal) to connect to this server?
Or just take such drive from any workstation (but copy to it the backup image from network first) and restore it from boot media.
Your approach is too problematic. The chances that you could get boot issues are still high if you go with your approach. Try to make it simple.
AkulshAuthor Commented:

You have stated exactly what my thinking is. Yes, we will get a portable disk tomorrow morning to do the restore, but wanted to know about that other option. I wish someone had tested that approach -- seems feasible in theory.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If I do the temp OS install on D: drive and then do a restore to C: drive from that network location, will I be able to get back the old server if I make C: active and D: inactive afterwards?
This is possible but I am not sure if the system will simply boot after you change the active flag. My experience says - it won't.
That's why I suggested the way that will work without additional manipulations.
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AkulshAuthor Commented:
Then what is the point of active flag?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Active flag is not enough if partition boot record is not correct or the bcd is not correct or if the partition does ot have boot data on it at all.
AkulshAuthor Commented:
But should not all those items be correct if the Windows backup was done with "AllCritical" option selected?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
All these items should be correct when you restore it to the same position while using non-Windows mode like DVD. But you are going to use second partition with OS on it. So this is not the standard recovery approach predicted by Microsoft.

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