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System Drive Failing Saga

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So, before I left town for the Christmas holiday, I started getting warnings that my system hard drive was failing. If this problem were occuring at any other time in history, I would just buy a new hard drive and clone the system drive and WHS should be none the wiser. Well, I don't exactly want to pay double price for a new hard drive right now, so I tried doing this the cheap way. I have 7 HDDs in my server. 1TB WD Black (system), 1TB WD Black, 1TB Seagate Baracuda, 1TB Samsung, 750 GB Seagate, 2TB Hitachi. So what I decided to do was to take the 1TB Seagate which is connected externally, and remove it from the pool. I then disable duplication so that I would have enough room for my data to fit on the smaller drive pool. From there I shut down the server, and pulled out the system drive. I connected the 1TB Seagate and the system drive to one of my other computers and used Acronis True Image to clone the WD to the Seagate. Fast forward to after Christmas. I get home and the drive cloning that I set up before I left says it is complete. So I unplug the Seagate and put in back where the old system drive was. I boot the server and I get errors galore. I have errors that the backup service is not running, there are file conflicts in each of my shares and it is showing that my system drive is disconnected. I am wondering if there is anything I can do about this. Should I just start over? I'm glad that I have the data safe, I'd like to keep my backups, but that is not critical. I just bought a house so the accounting department is not going to find the funds to approve a 2011 box just yet. Ohh, I don't think I mentioned that it's a home built server.

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So, before I left town for the Christmas holiday, I started getting warnings that my system hard drive was failing. If this problem were occuring at any other time in history, I would just buy a new hard drive and clone the system drive and WHS should be none the wiser. Well, I don't exactly want to pay double price for a new hard drive right now, so I tried doing this the cheap way. I have 7 HDDs in my server. 1TB WD Black (system), 1TB WD Black, 1TB Seagate Baracuda, 1TB Samsung, 750 GB Seagate, 2TB Hitachi. So what I decided to do was to take the 1TB Seagate which is connected externally, and remove it from the pool. I then disable duplication so that I would have enough room for my data to fit on the smaller drive pool. From there I shut down the server, and pulled out the system drive. I connected the 1TB Seagate and the system drive to one of my other computers and used Acronis True Image to clone the WD to the Seagate. Fast forward to after Christmas. I get home and the drive cloning that I set up before I left says it is complete. So I unplug the Seagate and put in back where the old system drive was. I boot the server and I get errors galore. I have errors that the backup service is not running, there are file conflicts in each of my shares and it is showing that my system drive is disconnected. I am wondering if there is anything I can do about this. Should I just start over? I'm glad that I have the data safe, I'd like to keep my backups, but that is not critical. I just bought a house so the accounting department is not going to find the funds to approve a 2011 box just yet. Ohh, I don't think I mentioned that it's a home built server.

 

This whole scenario sounds very familiar. I think there is another thread in the forums that describes this situation and there was something that needed to be done that fixed it. I would do a search.

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I think ikon was thinking about this thread - Restore Mediasmart Boot Disk thread. It talks about cloning a system drive and seems to have the problems you are describing.

 

Thanks cskenney.

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I think ikon was thinking about this thread - Restore Mediasmart Boot Disk thread. It talks about cloning a system drive and seems to have the problems you are describing.

 

This is exactly what I need. Thanks for pointing it out. I just haven't had time to play with it I'll keep you folks posted of the progress.

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Ikon high-5's cskenney :D

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Cloning v1's system drive is a major trick. There's a whole list of things you have to do to get this to work. From what you say, you just did a straight clone, started 'er up and got all kinds of errors, which is typical when one does that with v1's OS drive. I'm guessing that you'd have been better off doing a Server Restore. Also, is the 'bad' drive still under warranty? It may qualify for free replacement.

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Yes, the bad drive is WD Black, carries a 5 year warranty. I think it runs out in like 2014. So I'll be getting it replaced.

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Just to clarify a bit. It is quite possible to clone a v1 system drive; I've done it a number of times. The main thing you have to do is use a cloning utility that copies over the MBR as well as the partitions.

 

I can't recall exactly which utility I used but it was either CloneZilla or EASUS. Most likely it was CloneZilla so I would try that first.

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Just to clarify a bit. It is quite possible to clone a v1 system drive; I've done it a number of times. The main thing you have to do is use a cloning utility that copies over the MBR as well as the partitions.

 

I can't recall exactly which utility I used but it was either CloneZilla or EASUS. Most likely it was CloneZilla so I would try that first.

I heard Easeus mentioned in doing this. And I heard about this 'workaround', but when I investigated, it looked like a lot was still required. So my question is, was this an image clone you put back onto the same drive? Or did you put the image on an entirely new drive? Because the thing is, the hang up is the disk ID which you have to write to the new drive, plus you'll need to do regedits to replace long disk name/identifiers (not quite sure what it's called) otherwise no-go.

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