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  • Question

  • I replaced my System Disk on my 2005 Windows Home Server but I think I messed it up a bit. I have 4 disks, Disk 0 has partiotion C: plus a bit of parition D:. The other 2 disks have the rest of parition D: on it. I got errors on disk 0 (over temp and such like) and messages that it was fgailing and I need to replace it. The only procedures I could find to do this required backing up the disk (but the backup process kept failing half way though) and then reinstalling the OS (and add-ons) afterward.

    The worry I had was I did not understand how the D: partition on that disk0 would not get lost nor how the system could rebuild where thew duplicatioed files were stored on the remaining disk.

    Anyway, I got a replacement disk (same size but higher spec) and cloned the original onto it. The server booted up and works fine but its got a bit messed up as it thinks the original is missing and the new disk is not registered. That is to say on the "Server Storage" the ID of the old disk is still there with "Missing" next to it there is the new disk with "Not Added" next to it. I cannot "Remove" the old disk ID because this option is greyed out and I'm afraid if I "Add" the new disk it will think its a data disk and not the System Disk.

    Is there a way to sort this little mess out?

    Cheers, Simon

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013 12:30 AM

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  • Unfortunately the cloning process is likely to be the source of your problem. The recovery you were afraid to do onto a new system disk is the only supported approach, and is still what i would recommend. You should read this FAQ and this one prior to starting, you should make sure all the data on your server is backed up, and you should use a tool such as the command line utility diskpart to completely clean the current (replacement) system disk prior to starting the recovery process. You can most easily perform the last step by disconnecting the drive from your server and connecting it to some other computer using a USB bridge device.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013 2:27 AM