How do I recover boot partition on NT4?

September 15, 2019 at 16:03:56
Specs: Windows NT4, 265 MB

I have an old NT4 server with mirrored drives. I got a message that the mirroring had failed. I accidentally destroyed the boot partition on one of the drives while trying to fix it. The drive that will boot is old and out of date. I do have a series of up-to-date tape backup. Is it possible to fix the boot partition on the up-to-date drive? If not, how would you recommend I recover the system because it is critical for my business?


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September 15, 2019 at 16:51:54
Maybe some help here:

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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September 16, 2019 at 00:06:26
Before you do anything else, clone your drive to another one then work on that clone. You have already messed up a bit working on the original disk - your chances of making the situation worse are greater if you continue to work on the original. If you still have the original unchanged then you can start over in the event that things go wrong.

Personally, I would install NT4 from scratch and then restore your backup (but, again, not on the original disk). If you are not fully confident with this procedure you might consider hiring a professional to do the work for you. It will cost you, but worth it as the server is critical to your business.

In the long term you might want to consider if the system can be upgraded to a more modern OS. Again, a professional can help you with this.

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