We help IT Professionals succeed at work.
Get Started

Trying to repair Windows Server 2003 - No recovery option - Should I proceed with Install CD?

2,864 Views
Last Modified: 2017-04-18
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.

Thanks
Comment
Watch Question
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Commented:
This problem has been solved!
Unlock 9 Answers and 21 Comments.
See Answers
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE