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Windows 2000, Ghost 2003, disk1 disk 2 mirroring

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Have been running this configuration for years, set up in 2006 by a tech guy. Is supposed to be mirroring 128 gig disk1 (partioned into C and D) onto 128 gig disk2, using Ghost 2003 which he installed for just this purpose.

This morning there were some errors in the system management, and some connections were not being made, so I wanted to check backup and mirroring status. First two things that stood out were that the overnight backup (via iBackup) of the sql server data did not backup to their backup site, and, the computer management says:

disk1:  basic, 128g, online, C: 72.54 ntfs healthy, D: 55.43 ntfs healthy
disk2:  basic, 128g online, Unallocated

Question is, has the mirroring been working these years, and, is it working now?
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by:noxcho
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It is hard to say if it was working all this time but definitely there is no mirror at the moment. You should have exactly the same partitions set on disk2 as you have on disk1.
Perform a manua clone and see if it works.
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by:bryanfarrish
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I could do a manual clone, yes. The Ghost task log says the last tasks were some completed and fail clones in 2006. Should I still do it?
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by:noxcho
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Yes, you should do it. At the same time you will know why it failed if it fails again.
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Cloning now; seems to take a while.
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Terminal services is still not connecting, and I don't hear any more disk activity, so I turned on monitor on the server, and hit F3 for Raid Utilites, and it says:

Primary Drive 0:  Hard Drive
Primary Drive 1:  Unknown Device
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by:noxcho
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Are you performing the clone in Windows or from a boot CD?
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From Ghost. It said it will restart and start the clone.
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by:noxcho
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Actually it should do it without restarting the system. That could be the problem. Better if you boot the server from a Ghost CD and make the clone.
Or the better idea. You keep Ghost away and comvert both drives into dynamic. Then you build a mirror via Windows Disk Management.
With Ghost you take backup images to jetwork share or external HDD.
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Ok I'll boot manually now then.

Sounds like I now need to make Raid Mirroring work now.
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Well interestingly, after booting, the computer management (disk managment section) no longer sees Drive 1. Only Drive 0.

Also Ghost does not see Drive 1, and thus does not give a cloning option.
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by:nobus
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if it was failing back in 2006, you have to look for the cause first
it can be either drive is bad, so take 1 out at the time, and test it on a working pc
i use ubcd for this :
Hardware diagnostic CD    UBCD

go to the download page, scroll down to the mirror section, and  click on a mirror to start the download
Download the UBCD and make the cd   <<==on a WORKING PC, and boot the problem PC from it
Here 2 links, one to the general site, and a direct link to the download

since the downloaded file is an ISO file, eg ubcd527.iso - so you need to use an ISO burning tool
if you don't have that software, install cdburnerXP : http://cdburnerxp.se/

If you want also the Ram tested - run memtest86+ at least 1 full pass,  - you should have NO errors!
 
For disk Diagnostics run the disk diag for your disk brand (eg seagate diag for seagate drive)  from the HDD section -  long or advanced diag !  (runs at least for30 minutes)

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/                        ultimate boot cd
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html             download page

**  you can make a bootable cd - or bootable usb stick
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by:noxcho
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Does Windows Disk Management see the second HDD? Dont pay much attention to the number of the drives 0 or 2. They change after reboot.
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Not anymore. It did before reboot.
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Check if the drive is connected properly. Is this is RAID based server or a single HDDs connected to connectors n mainboard?
The drive could be bad and your last test let it go to hardware heavens.
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i find testing the disk the best approach -then you know at least which one is good -or bad
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Looks like I need to get someone over here to do these things, thanks.
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that will be the best imo
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