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  • Question

  • I have been using for the past year WHS on an Asus motherboard using AMD dual core processor with 2 GIG or Ram...   The computer powered by UPS system with Auto shut down software running on the WHS

    Hard Drives Space -> 6 - 1 terabyte hard drives.  

    Yesterday I noticed that my server was down and could not ping it...

    Tonight I connected a monitor and I see that it looks like it going to boot with a Windows Home server Logo and the white squares scrolling across the screen but WHS never does load.

    Have rebooted twice

    Tried safe mode twice and it starts to load then power cycles…

    I do not want to lose all my files… 

    WHAT DO I DO?

    Thank you.

    Gord

     

    Friday, October 16, 2009 2:03 AM

Answers

  • Foudn the problem...

    Bad 1 GB memory card.   Did not show up on boot.

    The server had 2 GB of memory and I removed 1 and it failed BIOS post.

    Reinstalled the removed stick and pulled out the other ant the WHS booted correctly.. 

    Yahoo.

    Thanks for your help telling me to look for a hardware isses.

    Gord.

    • Marked as answer by Toraxe Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:37 PM
    Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:37 PM

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  • I have been using for the past year WHS on an Asus motherboard using AMD dual core processor with 2 GIG or Ram...   The computer powered by UPS system with Auto shut down software running on the WHS

    Hard Drives Space -> 6 - 1 terabyte hard drives.  

    Yesterday I noticed that my server was down and could not ping it...

    Tonight I connected a monitor and I see that it looks like it going to boot with a Windows Home server Logo and the white squares scrolling across the screen but WHS never does load.

    Have rebooted twice

    Tried safe mode twice and it starts to load then power cycles…

    I do not want to lose all my files… 

    WHAT DO I DO?

    Thank you.

    Gord

     

    You probably have a hardware issue of some sort (perhaps your primary hard drive).  You could try pulling your primary drive out of your server, connecting it to a client, then running chkdsk /r on it and see if it shows any errors.  As for recovering your data, please see the FAQ post: How to recover data after server failure for details on how to do that.
    Friday, October 16, 2009 2:44 AM
    Moderator
  • Ok..

    Took the SATA / 1 terabyte hard drive that looked like it was partitioned in 2 two drives.   20 GB and a 911 GB.   The 20 GB is names “SYS” and the 911 GB is "DATA"

     ----------------------------------

    I ran a CHKDSK / F

    the first time it fixed some errors and I lost the print out at the end.

    The 2nd time  

    C:\Users\Gordon>chkdsk f: /f
    The type of the file system is NTFS.
    Volume label is SYS.
    CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
      33488 file records processed.
    File verification completed.
      81 large file records processed.
      0 bad file records processed.
      0 EA records processed.
      7 reparse records processed.

    CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...

      39760 index entries processed.
    Index verification completed.
      0 unindexed files processed.
    CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
      33488 security descriptors processed.

    Security descriptor verification completed.
      3137 data files processed.
    CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
      36179464 USN bytes processed.
    Usn Journal verification completed.
    Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.

     

      20972825 KB total disk space.
      10425088 KB in 24015 files.
        7800 KB in 3138 indexes.
        0 KB in bad sectors.
        137593 KB in use by the system.
         65536 KB occupied by the log file.
      10402344 KB available on disk.
         4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
       5243206 total allocation units on disk.
       2600586 allocation units available on disk.

    I reinstralled it into the sever and still have the same problem…

     

    Where do I go from here?

     

    Thanks

    Gord

     

     

    Friday, October 16, 2009 9:22 PM
  • Ok..

    Took the SATA / 1 terabyte hard drive that looked like it was partitioned in 2 two drives.   20 GB and a 911 GB.   The 20 GB is names “SYS” and the 911 GB is "DATA"

     ----------------------------------

    I ran a CHKDSK / F

    the first time it fixed some errors and I lost the print out at the end.

    The 2nd time  

    C:\Users\Gordon>chkdsk f: /f
    The type of the file system is NTFS.
    Volume label is SYS.
    CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
      33488 file records processed.
    File verification completed.
      81 large file records processed.
      0 bad file records processed.
      0 EA records processed.
      7 reparse records processed.

    CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...

      39760 index entries processed.
    Index verification completed.
      0 unindexed files processed.
    CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
      33488 security descriptors processed.

    Security descriptor verification completed.
      3137 data files processed.
    CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
      36179464 USN bytes processed.
    Usn Journal verification completed.
    Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.

     

      20972825 KB total disk space.
      10425088 KB in 24015 files.
        7800 KB in 3138 indexes.
        0 KB in bad sectors.
        137593 KB in use by the system.
         65536 KB occupied by the log file.
      10402344 KB available on disk.
         4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
       5243206 total allocation units on disk.
       2600586 allocation units available on disk.

    I reinstralled it into the sever and still have the same problem…

     

    Where do I go from here?

     

    Thanks

    Gord

     

    You should use /r (it does a more complete check of the drive).  Having said that, considering it had some errors, you might want to consider replacing that drive and doing a Server Reinstallation.
    Saturday, October 17, 2009 12:36 AM
    Moderator
  • It hangs in safemode at - acpitabl.dat

    Gord

    Saturday, October 17, 2009 12:43 AM
  • I also tried a chkdsk /r  no difference.

    It passes fine now..

    Can I reinstall Windows home server on the 20 gig partision with out loosing any data ?

    Saturday, October 17, 2009 12:45 AM
  • I also tried a chkdsk /r  no difference.

    It passes fine now..

    Can I reinstall Windows home server on the 20 gig partision with out loosing any data ?


    As long as you select Server Reinstallation during the initial setup, it should work.  Server Reinstallation is a special mode that formats only the OS partition, leaving the rest of the data in your server shares in tact.  However, I still think you have a hardware issue and should continue looking for that problem first.
    Saturday, October 17, 2009 10:21 PM
    Moderator
  • Foudn the problem...

    Bad 1 GB memory card.   Did not show up on boot.

    The server had 2 GB of memory and I removed 1 and it failed BIOS post.

    Reinstalled the removed stick and pulled out the other ant the WHS booted correctly.. 

    Yahoo.

    Thanks for your help telling me to look for a hardware isses.

    Gord.

    • Marked as answer by Toraxe Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:37 PM
    Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:37 PM