The server is a Dell PowerEdge 2900 with RAID 5 (hardware RAID controller). We started with the following partitions:
C: 40GB - Operating System
D: 1.1TB - Data
F: 3GB - Recovery
We purchased MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition and used it to increase the size of C: by taking free space from D: Friday night. This process involved "Extending" C: and telling the tool to take space from D:. It rebooted and started the process, it ran for several hours, and then rebooted again. When we checked on it Saturday, it had completed, we logged in and everything looked fine.
We then ran the tool again and "Extended" F: by taking space from D:. It rebooted and started the process. When we checked on it Sunday morning, it brought up a screen that says “Windows Error Recovery” with the options of Windows Repair and Start Normally. We tried rebooting but it comes back to this screen.
MiniTool support is supposed to be 24/7 but it is only through email. They gave me a few things to try, but none helped. Now, no one is responding to my email messages - for about 20 hours. This is a Domain Controller running SQL Server, Terminal Services, and some management and billing software. I have a backup of the data but really do not want to have to reinstall the server and apps if I can avoid it.
- The Partition Manager tool does not show any partition as a boot partition. (see attached screenshot)
- Boot to Windows Server disc, goto command prompt, and I can see the files on C: and D: and F: just fine.
- The C: D: and F: drives are all the correct sizes so the process did take space from D: and give it to the other drives.
Things I have tried:
1. Run Partition Manager from a boot disc and slightly increase the size of C: by taking space from D: (suggested by MiniTool). The change completed successfully, but the server will not boot.
2. Boot to Windows Server disc, goto command prompt and run StartRep.exe. Returns "Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically."
3. Boot to Windows Server disc, goto command prompt and run sfc.exe /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows. Returns "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them." Details in a log file c:\windows\logs\cbs\cbs.lo
g which has no updates since Friday (I ran this on Sunday).
4. chkdsk c: /f - reports "found no problems" but at the bottom reports "Failed to transfer logged messages to the event log with status 50"
5. chkdsk c: /r - same result as /f - no problems, but failed to transfer...
6. bootrec.exe /fixmbr and bootrec.exe /fixboot. Nothing changed on reboot.
Any ideas of things to try or do I need to reinstall Windows Server?
If I need to reinstall the Server, is there a way to do a repair install instead of starting from scratch?