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  • After being away for awhile I recently accepted a bunch of updates on both my WHS (2003 based) server and my W7 desktop.  When I went to transfer files from my desktop to WHS I noticed my transfer rate was down from the usual 30+ MB/s to about 1 MB/s.  Foolishly I decided to remove the recent updates from WHS through add/remove programs.  (The problem was actually that my desktop network driver had been over-written.)  After rebooting WHS, I started getting infinite error messages saying the the WHS storage service could not run and the console app would not come up.  Foolish mistake number 2: after restoring the WHS updates and not having the problem go away, I decided to reinstall WHS.  Unfortunately, I forgot to install my SATA driver at the 1st install reboot and the reinstall failed.  Now every time I try to reinstall, I only get the "New Installation" option.   If I use a clean HDD for my system drive, I get a "System Restore" option but this tells me that only my duplicated folders will be restored and all other files will be lost.  This would be a disaster as I have many many TBs of data on 30+ disks.  If anyone has any suggestions for how to get the "Reinstallation" option back during WHS setup, I would greatly appreciate it.  I would greatly like to avoid having to manually copy 30 HDDs back to a new installation.  (Seems like there should be a simple utility to rebuild the tombstones after a reinstall.)

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 7:54 PM

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  • Please see this FAQ, which discusses drive failure. (Your situation is analogous to a system drive failure.)
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:53 PM
  • Thanks for the response Ken, but I'm afraid the FAQ did not provide any useful guidance for me.  I also went through the other related topic links on the FAQ page... and unfortunately they were not helpful either.  (Among many other things, I also tried pulling all my data drives, doing a new installation on a new sys drive, then reconnecting my data drives and doing a re-installation... but the JBOD partition was NOT recreated and all my data drives were simply mounted as individual drives.)   If I try to use my original sys drive, WHS setup will not give me a re-installation option... even if I first disconnect all my data drives as a number of threads have suggested. 

    My server has about 35 drives and 49TB of storage... and I am cringing at the idea of having to do a "New Installation" and individually copy every one of them back into a new JBOD partition.  At least my data has not been destroyed (as far as I can tell) but not having a better recovery / reinstallation tool is really a poor reflection on Micorosft's commitment to its customers.  I'm afraid I won't be recommending WHS to anyone I know.

    Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:09 PM