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Windows 2000 Disk Recovery Options

A failed disk drive doesn't have to be a disaster. A little pre-planning goes a long way to recovering your critical data and getting your systems back and up running again. Here are a few resources for recovering from a variety of disk related problems.

Booting From Mirror After Primary Partition Is Lost
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 113977 If the partition containing the Windows NT Server system files is mirrored and then lost, you can use a fault tolerant boot floppy disk to restart Windows NT Server and access the mirror of the lost drive. 

Hard drive failure
While manufacturers would like you to believe hard drive failures are a rare event, the reality is quite different. When polled 1,293 IT staff and business executives, the majority had experienced computer downtime in the previous year due to disk drive failure. Also, 30.3 percent of the time the computer was down for more than 24 hours. Storage explosions, unsinkable drives and disk crashes © hard drive reliability still leaves a lot to be desired. What can you do about it? Source: ServerWorld

How To Guard Against Boot Failure With a Windows NT Boot Disk
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 101668 How To Guard Against Boot Failure With a Windows NT Boot Disk 

HOW TO: Recover an Accidentally Deleted NTFS or FAT32 Dynamic Volume 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 245725 - If a Windows 2000 NTFS or FAT32 dynamic volume is accidentally deleted by using the Disk Management snap-in, you may be able to recover the volume and the data contained on it. You can do this only if a new volume has not been created and formatted in its place. When Disk Management removes a volume from a dynamic disk, it erases the volume's file-system boot sector (sector-0 of the volume), and then removes the volume entry from the Disk Management private region database, leaving the rest of the drive intact (including the data). Because both NTFS and FAT32 volumes maintain backup boot sectors, you can recover the volume by restoring the boot sector. 

How to Recover Mirroring Windows NT Using IDE Devices
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 141702 This article provides the steps necessary to recover mirroring using IDE devices under Windows NT. Use this article in conjunction with the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base, which explains how to create an Windows NT Fat 

Recovering from Failed System Drive with Non-Default %SystemRoot% Folder
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 235478 - When you install Windows 2000 by booting from either the Windows 2000 installation CD-ROM or the four Setup floppy disks, Setup does not prompt you for or allow you to change the target installation folder name. 

Recovering a Volume Set after a Drive Crashes
Advice from a reader. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Aug 1999)

Using Emergency Repair Disk With Fault Tolerant Partitions
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 113976 After creating volume sets, stripe sets with parity, stripe sets without parity, or mirror sets, always save the disk configuration information to the Windows NT Emergency Repair Disk. 

Using Norton Disk Edit to Backup Your Master Boot Record
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 166997 - The master boot record is required to boot your computer. Having a current backup of your master boot record is an excellent way to ensure that, in the event of a virus or hardware failure, you will be able to recover your system in the shortest amount of time possible 


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