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Server 2008 R2 wont boot, Raid 5, after replacing failed drive

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I have client with Server 2008 R2.  One of the drive in the array was replaced and now it does not boot.  I have done system repair, scan SFC, but still not boot.  I starts up but never boots to the desktop.

Can you help me to get it to boot?

John Allen
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by:pjam
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First,
What model of server and raid?  Is it software or smart array?  Was the replacement hard drive exactly the same model hard drive or same model and bigger?

what do you see when it boots?  should show the array controller and RAID 5 at one point.
PS, how can you run SFC if it won't boot?
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by:Seth Simmons
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how can you run SFC if it won't boot?

you can run it in windows repair mode using offbootdir and offwindir switches
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by:McKnife
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Describing details would be helpful, for a start.
If it starts booting, you may not say "it won't boot". It does boot, but it crashes, maybe. If so, it would produce a bluescreen that you could quote here. To see that bluescreen, the F8-option shown in the picture:
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Hi all,
I had one of my techs do this on the single drive installation of Server 2008 R2:
He booted to a CD which had a program on it called MiniXP.  The graphical user interface in MiniXP allowed him to navigate to C:\NTDS  He then removed all the files in that folder except a file called NTDS.vic

Then rebooted and the Server 2008 R2 installation booted up without any problem!  It seems like the installation put 4 files in that folder that were preventing the OS from booting.  We will install the Raid set up this weekend and I will post results.  I believe it will be okay from here with the Raid set up
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