I was moving my equipment from an enclosed rack to an open one and upgrading the switch. I RDP'd into the server and shut it down. When I go to start it back up I get the "Loading files" message with the green bars then my cursor appears on a black screen (not moveable) and sits like that for about 15 seconds then re-boots. Disabling automatic reboot from the advanced boot menu has no effect. I can see that the system isn't loading the driver's for my RAID controller. I can put them on a flash drive and point the recovery tools to them and that will let me run:

chkdsk /f /r /b (Pass)
sfc /scannow /offbootdir=E:\ /offwindir=E:\windows (Pass)
bootrec /scanos (Finds 0 installations)

Lenovo TS430 Server 2008 R2 standard 64-bit

anybody got any ideas?

Edit: Doing the following from recovery prompt doesn't change anything.

cd boot
bootsect /nt60 c: /force /mbr
bootrec /rebuildbcd
  • Lenovo TS430 Server My condolences. I'd call up the purchasing department and/or the Lenovo rep and yell until my voice gives out. – HopelessN00b Nov 18 '14 at 20:16
  • It's 2 years old... so I'd probably just end up with a really confused Indian gentleman named Thomas. – OverworkedTechydude Nov 18 '14 at 20:52
  • Probably be "Mike" from China, based on where Lenovo's based, actually. Of course, given how cheap Lenovo server's are, you'd probably be lucky to get any human from anywhere on the line... which is why I suggested yelling at your purchasing department too - might be the only human you'll be able to get in contact with to yell at. – HopelessN00b Nov 18 '14 at 20:54
  • True enough I guess. But I managed to recover my files (the drive was encrypted and someone didn't backup the headers like they should have) so I guess I'll just wipe and re-install... Sucks but I'm out of ideas. – OverworkedTechydude Nov 19 '14 at 15:26

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