Help! Windows nt server 4.0 boot problem!!!

June 16, 2009 at 08:37:25
Specs: Windows Server 4.0 SP6
I am running an old nt server 4.0 sp6 system. I foolishly enabled RAID 1 (mirroring) through windows software RAID that's controlled by the management console within windows. Somehow, my boot password got changed. I have no idea how, but the administrator password I always used no longer works. I got Passware's "windows key" software to reset it, however, because the drives were Raided, when booting with the windows key software, which uses nt server's modified install program, it only recognizes the drive's partitions, and is not able to access or read the drives or data on the drives, so it hangs. I could use an F6 disk for the Raid driver, but I have no idea what driver nt server used to control it's RAID using it's software based RAID, controlled through the management console, so I'm stuck. I cannot redo (reinstall) the system, and have been down for months at this point. Can you please help me? I need an F6 driver that the server setup program will be able to read, load, and recognize the windows software raided drives... Or a better password reset program that would recognize and read the raid partitions without the drivers...

Let me know if you can help! Thanks!

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June 23, 2009 at 12:34:23
You load the exact same drive controller driver as originally loaded. This is software raid. There is no raid driver.

"it only recognizes the drive's partitions, and is not able to access or read the drives or data on the drives"

Very confused statement. Data is accessed via a partition. You have to have a partition that is formatted to save data.

"when booting with the windows key software"
I have no idea what you mean by this.

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July 12, 2009 at 10:00:16
mmm - have you tried:

to allow you to get back in?

Takes a wee while but has saved the bacon and more than a few lives in the past...

And a kwik trawl out there brings up another suggestion or three (including the UBD approach) at:

I'd be inclined to try the UBD and/or the pnordahl approach.

And I seem to recall one can also do the necesary via a linux (on a CD) boot/approach - but haven't tried/gone that route personally...

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July 12, 2009 at 10:39:28

is the linux approach - amongst other info therein...

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November 28, 2010 at 14:26:03
Thanks for the info... I think it would've worked, but again, the problem I'm having is that it detects the partitions that have the OS on it, but can't access or read them without the windows native RAID driver having been loaded... Any ideas for me?
I need to find out what driver windows used for its software RAID that was included with it... The system still boots up fine, just can't enter the system w/o the password... and the boot obviously has the RAID driver loading from somewhere...
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