HP Proliant server with RAID 5, Server 2003, 4 GB RAM - I think it's 8 years old or so. Not sure.
Server Froze, after restart couldn't get Windows to Boot - there was an error message that files were missing, and I should boot from CD with -r option.
Server had 2 partitions - an OS partition, and a Data Partition, which held all the files that are needed.
I booted from Server 2003 Standard Edition - couldn't tell what version of server was running. It was only being used for file serving, and FileMaker Pro server - that's it.
Instead of offering any options, Server 2003 install started - files were copied. I let it run, and got a blue screen the third 'dot' through. After a restart, install started running again. Then I had some concern, so I refused to accept the agreement, and install stopped.
Is there a possibility that the registry entries for the previous server will be preserved? I am having trouble locating the FileMaker Pro installation CD - user may have lost it.
I tried starting from a PartedMagic Linux repair memory stick, but the machine kept bypassing it. I will test the memory stick on another Windows machine to make sure that it's properly imaged.
Can I let the installation finish? It's possible that the Windows Server 2003 was badly corrupted, and I don't think there's much of a choice if the memory stick doesn't help.