I have a Windows 2008 installation that will no longer boot.

The server had 2 disks in software RAID using the operating system.

One disk failed and was removed and I was able to boot again using the mirrored option on the boot options.

At that point I was unable to back up - and I altered the 100MB system reserved partition based on some searching on forums.

The server now fails to boot.

I tried using bootrec to fix the boot but this did not work.

I then used gparted to make the main Windows partition bootable, which has not resolved.

I have also used startrep.exe when booting from a Windows disk with no success.

I now have a "dynamic" disk with a full Windows installation on it which will not boot.

The disk has three partitions (1MB, 465GB (the windows partition), and 100MB).

I have no system back up.

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    I imagine the Windows Recovery Console and fixmbr / fixboot might save you here. – Dan Feb 29 '16 at 19:36
  • Fixmbr reports success but fixboot fails and the scan fails to see the operating system is there. Only 2 volumes are shown in do running from the cd. One is the cd and the other is the large partition – user341202 Feb 29 '16 at 21:44
  • Before making too much change on the disk, did you took a clone or it while you can read it ? – yagmoth555 Mar 1 '16 at 3:48
  • Copied all the files but couldn't do a system backup – user341202 Mar 1 '16 at 7:55

Boot from a windows installation CD or USB drive.

When setup screen shows up, press SHIFT+F10 to open command prompt.

Enter Diskpart, then make sure System Reserved volume has no drive letter assigned to it, then mark it as active (Diskpart command ACTIVE) Also make sure windows' drive is assigned to drive letter C:. exit diskpart.

Now run the following:

bootsect /nt60 ALL

bootrec /fixmbr

bootrec /fixboot

bootrec /rebuildbcd

reboot the PC

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