Solved

How to make Server 2008 Secondary Plex Bootable

Posted on 2014-12-03
4
539 Views
Last Modified: 2014-12-08
Have a Windows 2008 Server with Software Raid 1, Primary Drive has failed - but Windows boots if selecting Seconday Plex Boot Option.

Removing the Primary drive and No OS Found message when booting.

How can I make the secondary plex bootable on its own - So I can break the mirror and re-establish new. Tried Booting off Windows Server DVD but it doesn't find any C Drive.

Thank you.
0
Comment
Question by:matmos
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 40478640
Check in the BIOS whether you can select the remaining disk to be first in the boot order, or move it's cable so it is connected to the port your bad disk was connected to.
0
 

Author Comment

by:matmos
ID: 40478715
This wont work as there is no boot information on the secondary RAID disk (its Window 2008 Software RAID)
0
 
LVL 88

Accepted Solution

by:
rindi earned 500 total points
ID: 40478834
If you setup the RAID properly, it should work. But part of the proper setup is to include the small, usually between 100MB and 300MB boot partition in it's own array. If you didn't also mirror that partition, then of course you can't boot.

If you still have the bad disk, and it still works partly, you could try adding that partition as a mirror to your current disk.

Otherwise you can try using Paragon's rescue kit which can often fix boot issues. But I'm not sure if that will work if the boot partition is missing in the first place.

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-professional/requirements.html

There is also a free version, but that is only for personal use, and it may not work with server OS's.

A further option would be to install 2008 server to a separate disk, then just create a RAID array for the small booting partition.
0
 
LVL 54

Expert Comment

by:McKnife
ID: 40479617
"If you didn't also mirror that partition, then of course you can't boot" - exactly. I would look at that first, then look at the rest if even needed. (Just repeating, it's Rindi's idea :)
0

Featured Post

Optimizing Cloud Backup for Low Bandwidth

With cloud storage prices going down a growing number of SMBs start to use it for backup storage. Unfortunately, business data volume rarely fits the average Internet speed. This article provides an overview of main Internet speed challenges and reveals backup best practices.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
How to host windows service on Windows Server 2008 3 59
Windows 2008 Server repair 13 54
ost file to pst 10 136
How to resolve user quota error? 13 68
Remote Apps is a feature in server 2008 which allows users to run applications off Remote Desktop Servers without having to log into them to run the applications.  The user can either have a desktop shortcut installed or go through the web portal to…
Citrix XenApp, Internet Explorer 11 set to Enterprise Mode and using central hosted sites.xml file.
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
Windows 8 comes with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from the new interface is a Start button and Start Menu. Many users do not like it, much preferring the interface of earlier versions — Windows 7, Windows X…

777 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question