Windows 2000 wont boot after RAID 5 Rebuild
Posted on 2013-01-13
I have a windows 2000 server that had a drive fail. This drive is part of a RAID 5 array with 3 drives. It runs from an Adaptec 2100s controller card.
I pulled the bad drive and replaced with an exact same model drive. I rebuilt the array from within the Adaptec control menu as there was no hot spare setup to initiate automatic rebuild.
The rebuild was successful for the 68gb logical drive.
When the system went to reboot, it did the RAM check, the BIOS check, passed the Adaptec RAID 5 check without errors, then displayed the keyboard and monitor are connect message; then the screen cleared and where it normally would display Windows 2000 loading, it displays a single blinking cursor.
It wont' boot. There are no warning such as invalid boot device or ntldr issues.
I tried cloaning the array to an IDE drive. This was successful but when viewing in Windows 7, while there is a drive letter assgined and it appears in disk manager, it says that its in RAW and not NTFS. Using recovery software on the IDE drive I can see the original data still on the IDE drive.
I've used gparted and partion magic on the windows 2000 box with the RAID 5 and while it can see the array and that it is NTFS, it can't access the drive to check or repair. There is a boot flag enabled on the partition.
When trying to use recover using the windows 2000 server CD it says there is no installation found.
I'm at a lose as to what to try next. I really dont want to reformat as we only back up data and not the whole disk. This also acts as our BDC; well now a PDC since our original PDC had to go virtualized and the AD and SAM doesn't work properly; until they approve a new server.
I need any sort of suggestions or help. Been at this for 12 hours and only 10 left till the regular folks come in and need access.