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Major recovery problems on Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard - this particular server is a new environment to me. This guy had the server custom built bought from a client who works in IT. RAID 1 array has C: drive for OS and a P: drive for storing data, but both C and P are on the same RAID 1 array.
After an unexpected system power down, we arrive to find the client had broken the power button so we swapped the reset and power buttons, then on boot we were seeing an temp error on CPU, but no matter if you JUST booted or ran for a few hours, it's always 84deg (F) so I think it's misreporting - we told the BIOS to ignore CPU temp for now.
Meanwhile, RAID 1 array fell apart, system stopped booting, constant reboots. One of our techs ran a CHKDSK /F on the array and it found/fixed several errors, BUT we ended up with no P: drive able to be found anymore. Just "Unallocated Space" where the P: drive used to be. Probably thanks to the CHKDSK?
Anyway, with these developments, I decided to remove the RAID array and replace with two new hard drives and NOT do RAID - I just was going to restore C: to one drive and P: to another using Acronis Backup and Recovery 11.5. I feel like this is where it got hairy. When restoring the data that was previously 2 partitions on one drive, there is an MBR for both C: and P: so I check the box for MBR 1 and 2 to restore and for Disk 1 and 2 to restore and assign them all to the appropriate disks. (after you see the error I get, maybe I should've only restored the MBR for C: drive and restored P: drive data to second drive? i don't know......)
Upon reboot, you load up, see a black screen and the cursor arrow in the middle of the screen for a few minutes, and then blue screen. After disabling auto restart, I see it says "STOP: c00002e2 Directory Services could not start because of the following error: A device attached to the system is not functioning. Error Status: 0xc0000001. Please shutdown this system and reboot into Directory Services Restore Mode, check the event log for more detailed information."
So I boot into DSRM and followed instructions found here
to check the disks and make sure they are assigned correct drive letters. They are both C: and P: in DSRM just as they should be....
My next best guess is maybe the Intel Rapid Storage Software that runs when you boot into windows that tells you the status of your RAID array and if it's degraded, it attempts to rebuild and report the status to you. I mean, I'm not even getting to CTRL + ALT + DEL screen in normal mode so I can't really tell...
Where should I look in DSRM mode to get more info and fix this? Event viewer? Device Manager? This is a real puzzle to us. Thanks for your insight, guys