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    #1 fbrito

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    Posted 07 April 2011 - 08:56 PM

    My wife's hard drive crashed so I bought a new Western Digital 640 gb Black WD6402AAEX.

    Motherboard is a gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H, latest bios (F7) loaded with 4gb of ram and a Core i3-540. I made an iso restore cd from the ms website. I booted to the cd, it loads the drivers, correctly identifies the realtek network card and the new hard drive.

    Where it gets stuck is that it cannot find the WHS. I have tried loading drivers by mounting the drive of the pc that will be restored and copying the whs restore drivers,and by dowloading the drivers from gigabyte's website, both for windows xp 32 bit, and win7 32 and 64 bit.

    I am out of ideas, any help?
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    #2 timekills

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    Posted 07 April 2011 - 09:33 PM

    My wife's hard drive crashed so I bought a new Western Digital 640 gb Black WD6402AAEX.

    Motherboard is a gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H, latest bios (F7) loaded with 4gb of ram and a Core i3-540. I made an iso restore cd from the ms website. I booted to the cd, it loads the drivers, correctly identifies the realtek network card and the new hard drive.

    Where it gets stuck is that it cannot find the WHS. I have tried loading drivers by mounting the drive of the pc that will be restored and copying the whs restore drivers,and by dowloading the drivers from gigabyte's website, both for windows xp 32 bit, and win7 32 and 64 bit.

    I am out of ideas, any help?


    Are you willing/able to attach the drive to either the WHS or another PC connected to WHS that is functioning? If so, you can perform the backup that way.

    I've had great success restoring drives over network using X:\Files WHS Client restore from Breaking Home Server site. http://breakinghomes...nt-restore-1-3/

    There is a 1.4 version out that I have in CD (ISO) and USB stick version if the 1.3 doesn't work for you, but it always has for me. It has many network drivers already slipstreamed in to it. If you're concerned about using a third-party restore disk, and I'd undertand why you would be, you can Google it. It's been recommended by quite a few WHS sites, including wegotserved.com http://forum.wegotse...s-edition-v131/

    Also, the creator of that restore CD with the slipstreamed drivers suggests using the Vista 32-bit network drivers, even though you'd think WHS would be more related to XP since it is based off of Server 2003. He has some good advice for a problem similar to yours (restoring Win7 64-bit) here: http://forum.wegotse...lient-problems/

    Edited by timekills, 07 April 2011 - 09:38 PM.

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    #3 fbrito

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    Posted 07 April 2011 - 09:55 PM

    Are you willing/able to attach the drive to either the WHS or another PC connected to WHS that is functioning? If so, you can perform the backup that way.

    I've had great success restoring drives over network using X:\Files WHS Client restore from Breaking Home Server site. http://breakinghomes...nt-restore-1-3/

    There is a 1.4 version out that I have in CD (ISO) and USB stick version if the 1.3 doesn't work for you, but it always has for me. It has many network drivers already slipstreamed in to it. If you're concerned about using a third-party restore disk, and I'd undertand why you would be, you can Google it. It's been recommended by quite a few WHS sites, including wegotserved.com http://forum.wegotse...s-edition-v131/

    Also, the creator of that restore CD with the slipstreamed drivers suggests using the Vista 32-bit network drivers, even though you'd think WHS would be more related to XP since it is based off of Server 2003. He has some good advice for a problem similar to yours (restoring Win7 64-bit) here: http://forum.wegotse...lient-problems/


    I'm installing it on my whs. We'll see what happens. I did not format the new disk out of the box, do you think that could be the problem? Though that doesn't make sense since what it was saying is that it could not find the server. I would imagine that once it found the server it would format and partition as necessary.
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    #4 fbrito

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    Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:58 AM

    Are you willing/able to attach the drive to either the WHS or another PC connected to WHS that is functioning? If so, you can perform the backup that way.

    I've had great success restoring drives over network using X:\Files WHS Client restore from Breaking Home Server site. http://breakinghomes...nt-restore-1-3/

    There is a 1.4 version out that I have in CD (ISO) and USB stick version if the 1.3 doesn't work for you, but it always has for me. It has many network drivers already slipstreamed in to it. If you're concerned about using a third-party restore disk, and I'd undertand why you would be, you can Google it. It's been recommended by quite a few WHS sites, including wegotserved.com http://forum.wegotse...s-edition-v131/

    Also, the creator of that restore CD with the slipstreamed drivers suggests using the Vista 32-bit network drivers, even though you'd think WHS would be more related to XP since it is based off of Server 2003. He has some good advice for a problem similar to yours (restoring Win7 64-bit) here: http://forum.wegotse...lient-problems/


    Vista 32bit drivers worked like a charm. Thanks a lot. Man, what a joke though this not working without all the troubleshooting. From what I could tell from the forums, the realtek LAN controllers really give WHS a hard time with driver support. hopefully this is all fixed in WHS 2011. Thanks a ton for your help.
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