Server 2012 bare metal restore

Hello all. I have a proliant ML350 G8 with a P420 controller running two 600GB SAS drives. The old drives failed and I have installed two new identical drives and the RAID 1 array is setup. I have a Server 2012 image backups on a Toshiba USB drive. I cannot get the restore to occur.

I get either of the following error 0x80042412 (see attached). I do know the original config had both C and D drives, but I don't remember their sizes. I don't know if it's possible to query the images on the backup disk to determine this. I know that if the new disks are smaller than the original then that's a problem, but as I said they are identical drives in RAID 1. By the way, the OS would install fine using the MS 2012 DVD and HP Intelligent Provisioning, but again I don't remember the C and D sizes and I hope to recover AD as well as files.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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65tdRetiredCommented:
The link below list some interesting but basic issue that maybe causing you grief:
https://www.backup-utility.com/backup-restore/system-image-restore-failed-no-disk-that-can-be-used.html

If there is room in the drive bays may want to a a spare disc.
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fightingASDAuthor Commented:
Thank you 65td, but this didn't help, though I think you're on the right track. This whole thing is hanging on the Re imaging tool not finding an appropriate disk to restore to. I don't know DISKPART but since I've got the exact same hardware config in place, size shouldn't be an issue.

I think I need the DISKPART commands required to get the DISK 0 ready to accept the reimaging. I'll add the latest CAP that shows two volumes on DISK 0.
Volume 0  Letter D Label ,blank> FS NTFS Type Partition  Size 350MB  Status Healthy
Volume 1  Letter C Label ,blank> FS NTFS Type Partition  Size 558GB  Status Healthy

Also, if anyone knows a way I can query the recovery image to determine the size or partition requirements that would be helpful.
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fightingASDAuthor Commented:
I followed another suggestion and ran CLEAN on the disk and now I get the error "the computer needs to be restarted to finish preparing..." 0x80042403. See attached.
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fightingASDAuthor Commented:
I've changed the RAID from 1 to 0, so now I've got more than 1TB to work with so size cannot be the issue.
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65tdRetiredCommented:
Diskpart commands from:  https://www.sevenforums.com/backup-restore/65205-re-image-system-disk-fails-error-0x80042412-2.html?s=16467c7deb7f971bee0139a5d78ef7f3

"If you're unfamiliar with diskpart, it is best to unplug / eject your backup drive containing the recovery image, so you don't accidentally destroy it doing the following.

Open the command prompt and type:
diskpart
list disk
(For me my new SSD is disk 0, but could be different for you.)
select disk 0
clean
(clean wipes out all existing drive partitioning.)
create partition primary size=100 align=4096
(aligning improves performance on SSD's and newer hard drives with 4096 byte sectors)
format quick fs=ntfs
active
create partition primary align=4096
format quick fs=ntfs
exit


At this point the target restore drive has been formatted and looks like a generic Windows boot drive, with a 100 meg reserved boot partition, and a second OS/data partition using all remaining space."
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65tdRetiredCommented:
How was the backup made?
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fightingASDAuthor Commented:
Thanks. That's EXACTLY what I did but to no avail. The backup came from the daily integrated Windows 2012 Essentials Server Backup.
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fightingASDAuthor Commented:
I'm going to follow your directions and try again
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fightingASDAuthor Commented:
still no luck
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65tdRetiredCommented:
I'm guessing now, what about installing an OS and then try a restore.
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fightingASDAuthor Commented:
yeah, trying that. thanks
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65tdRetiredCommented:
I noticed in the manual DiskPart commands the first partition is 100mb should be 300 mb for servers, probaly wont make a differance, considering the issue you are having.
Open the command prompt and type:
diskpart
list disk
(For me my new SSD is disk 0, but could be different for you.)
select disk 0
clean
(clean wipes out all existing drive partitioning.)
create partition primary size=300 align=4096
(aligning improves performance on SSD's and newer hard drives with 4096 byte sectors)
format quick fs=ntfs
active
create partition primary align=4096
format quick fs=ntfs
exit
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65tdRetiredCommented:
How did the "fresh" install go?
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fightingASDAuthor Commented:
I didn't have to reinstall the OS. The RAID controller had a setting that needed to be invoked to allow booting from the replacement drives in the array.
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PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
If you don't mind me asking, could you share the setting that allowed you to boot from the replacement drives in the array.
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fightingASDAuthor Commented:
I used an option the P420 RAID controller. Set Boot Logical Drive/Volume
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PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
Thanks for sharing.
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PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
Asker provided solution.
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