Posted on 2013-02-07
I have a Dell R200 server, on which Windows 2003 server is installed (no AD). The server has two HD's connected to a SAS controller in a RAID 1 configuration. A user mistakenly tampered with the server and the OS crashed. Now, when booting, the server never makes it beyond the logon screen. After validating username and password, nothing shows, except the mouse pointer.
I need to boot the server to copy some files from drive C. I tried to reinstall Windows. After booting from the utility CD, which came with the server, I reach the stage where I can choose the OS. Unfortunately, it seems that the virtual disk is not reflected in the system, even though it is detected in the startup screen in the system initial boot process.
How can I install Windows on drive D, for example, so that I can copy those files and then demolish everything and build it up all over again in a neat way?