I have here a Windows 2000 Server that I am desperately trying to resurrect after a HDD crash.
The HDD crashed with the Seagate BSY Bug. After unblocking the firmware via the TTL/Serial port, we could finally access most files with mounting a dd_rescue image of the drive (there were few bad sectors that restricted access from normal ways, like juste plugging it in windows it says the drive is not formatted). We tried just dd-ing back the image on a clean hard drive, but the partition table was all messed-up, so what we did is create a new NTFS partition and copy manually all the files from the image to this new partition.
The computer then tried to boot-up Windows 2000 (yay!) but there was an error saying some system file file was damaged and it suggested repairing it from the CD.
We did try a CD repair (Install->License+F8->Repair) and it got better, now windows splash screen shows-up saying "setup is being restarted...", we even get kind of a desktop (no mouse) for a few seconds, and then a black screen with a flashing underscore for a fraction of a second, and it reboots.
- No BSOD (Not even in C:/WINNT/Minidump)
- No Error message
- Nothing abnormal I've seen in the logs...
Any idea? Rebuiling this server would cost lots of time and headache for reconfiguration (the original configuration is... let's say undocumented) and everything...
(Yes next time we will RAID everything)