Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Backing up & Restoring to RAID Arrays.

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Backing up & Restoring to RAID Arrays.

    This is my first post to this forum and I had to sign up because a lot of my google searches ended up at this site and it has been a great help!

    Onto my post, I have a Dell PowerEdge 2970 that runs 2 SAS Drives in a RAID1 Config. Now, I wanted to upgrade to a RAID5 or another RAID1 with newer drives and this has turned out to be a HUGE chore. So huge in fact, I had to rebuild the Server OS. I had Server 20082R2 running on the first pair of drives so I used DriveXML to do a backup of them. I had to use DriveXML because we can't really afford any of the big brand name backup solutions, more on this later.

    So I restored it to the new RAID5 array and it starts to boot then I am greeted with this error. "AutoCHK not found - skipping autocheck" then after about 5 seconds it blue screens and reboots.

    I did some googling and this seems to be some rare issues with drive letters and program locations and RAID Arrays. I did everyone's fixes such as disabled autocheck, editing the registry to remap autocheck, delete the drive letter so windows can automatically assign one; all to no success.

    So I figured, ok, then I'll make another RAID1 array and restore it to that instead. Same issue! I even tried a version of ghost I had lying around for Windows Vista and still the same issue. I have already spent 10+ hours waiting for restores to complete multiple times and backing the original OS Raid Array up again with different software just to be sure. I was so pooped! I just rebuilt the Server which took around 3 hours.

    So I came here to ask, what the heck did I do wrong? Does anybody know what software can do this or is there another way of doing this without all the issues? Maybe it's a driver issue and I should sysprep the OS first. (I can see that NOT working but who the heck knows.)

    Thanks everyone for any thoughts!

  • #2
    Re: Backing up & Restoring to RAID Arrays.

    Windows Server Backup, which is built into Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008R2 can be used to perform a bare metal restore of the server.

    http://www.windowsnetworking.com/art...are-Metal.html

    Comment


    • #3
      Re: Backing up & Restoring to RAID Arrays.

      If I have a Win Server 2008 R2 system built on a server without RAID and I want to restore it to an identical server except for the addition of hardware RAID (PERC H700) how do I get those drivers in the image?

      Right now I do the restore and it crashes during boot because there are not RAID drivers in the OS.

      Thanks.

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: Backing up & Restoring to RAID Arrays.

        StorageCraft ShadowProtect can do it with it's Hardware Independent Restore (HIR) function. It has a process to inject the drivers as it restores.

        Comment


        • #5
          Re: Backing up & Restoring to RAID Arrays.

          There's no way to install the drivers on the running system before doing the backup? I hate to buy something I'm going to use once.

          Comment

          Working...
          X