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Today I went to boot my server only to notice the message we all dread and fear:

NTLDR is missing

I booted to the Server 2008 Recovery Console (or whatever its real name is), and issued this command:

bootrec / fixmbr
   The operation completed successfully.
bootrec /fixboot
   Element not found.
bootrec /scanos
   Scanning all disks for Windows installations.

   Please wait, since this may take a while...

I've been please-waiting for about two hours now in preparation to run /rebuildbcd (Which I tried before and also gave up after 3 hours). Do I need to reinstall my OS?

This is a fresh install of Server 2008 on a brand-new Velociraptor.

Note I didn't put this on Serverfault because it's a personal system, not enterprisey stuff.

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It does sound slightly trashed, you could try booting from an ubuntu liveCD and running testdisk to see if it can find your partition table and recover it.

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Was able to fix. It wasn't frozen, just had to wait several hours, possibly related to there being 10 physical disks on two distinct controllers. Was able to fix with a few bootrec and diskpart commands.

  • That's a heck of a lot of disks for a home system. If this happens again it might be worth disconnecting the disks that don't have the os on while doing the scan. – Col Sep 28 '09 at 9:58
  • Yeah there was a bad drive, I found and unplugged it. – tsilb Sep 28 '09 at 12:43

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