We have a Windows 2003 with SCSI disks on a RAID card.
The SCSI card is now unusable. As the server is old, we don't want to buy an identical SCSI card, we prefer to change the server. But we first need to boot this Windows 2003 in order to do some work on it.
We have a complete backup image. We can restore it on whatever disk. But when we boot, Windows displays a message saying it can't boot because the disk interface is not the same.
If the Windows 2003 was still in function, we just have to plug a PATA disk, reboot Windows, agree with the new driver installation, and then this Windows could boot on a PATA drive.
But this wasn't done.
How can I make this Windows 2003 boot on a different drive hardware than the only one it knows ?
He knows a specific SCSI card.
We want to boot on whatever other hardware. Probably PATA is a good choice because the drivers are included on the Windows CD.
The server is since reinstalled from scratch.
The message was missleading. The problem was only about partition numbering. Once the initial and hidden partition was recreated, the boot could start.
But the boot process stopped while the screen was yet black.
No way to use the recovery console (admin password refused, even after erasing it with a live-cd), and no way to have /bootlog create the log file. So impossible to see which driver was the problem.