windows 2003 system is missing or corrupt

September 24, 2012 at 17:44:03
Specs: Windows 2003, 1.0GB
Server crashed and now when it boots up it provides me with this message:
"Windows could not start because the following files is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

I used the Windows 2003 Standard Disk (Dell Disk) and it says it could not locate any Hard Disks. Configured with RAID 1. Could the RAID Card be bad or is it a corrupt system? I ran the Dell Diagnostics and it did not detect any hard drive issues. I also went into the RAID configuration and everything seemed to be fine there.

Any suggestions would be very very helpful

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September 25, 2012 at 04:49:58
"Could the RAID Card be bad or is it a corrupt system?"

It's definitely a corrupt Windows (the Windows Registry to be exact, that's what the first error message means), but that alone would not cause the second error (Dell boot disc can't find the hard drive), so my guess is the raid card is faulty as well.

So in answer to your question, I think it's both.

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September 25, 2012 at 07:26:08
Well, since the Windows install resides on the RAID 1 array (assuming that's how you have it setup of course) if the RAID has broken, it's only logical that Windows won't boot and/or be able to find system files.

You should start by resolving the RAID issue. If you can do so without damaging the data on the disks, with luck, you might be able to boot your system.

That's no guarantee mind you and I have my doubts about fixing the RAID problem without damaging data. It all depends on what the issue is.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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September 25, 2012 at 21:50:46
Thank you for your responses. I agree that the issue is with both the card and the corrupted system.

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