Restoring a windows Server 2008 R2 instance with only the C: drive


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I am attempting to migrate a Windows Server 2008 R2 physical server to a proxmox VM with only a backup of the physical servers C: drive.

My approach was to do a fresh install of Windows Server 2008 R2 on proxmox, delete the C: partition, and copy in the backed up C: from the physical server.

As expected this didn’t boot.

I then booted into the installation DVD and tried to repair my boot manager (using After doing the steps outlined in that blog post the bootmanager would start to load windows but I would get put into the “Windows Error Recovery” screen where I can either “Start Windows Normally” or “Launch Startup Repair”.

Selecting “Launch Startup Repair” tells me “The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible”, Status 0xc000000f.

Selecting Start Windows Normally will result on a BSOD with no useful information (to my eyes, see pic below)


The original machine had 4 partitons.. sdb1 – Dell backup partition, sdb2 boot partition, sdb3 c: (I have a copy of this), sdb4 extra data partition used for network shares

In the new proxmox VM I have 2 partitions, the boot partition and the main OS partition. Are these mismatched partitions the cause of this problem, if so, how I can direct windows/bootmanager to boot from the 2nd partition instead of the 3rd?

Is there a better way of achieving this goal?

For context: the physical machines HDDs are failing. It contains software that is no longer supported by the vendor, an upgraded version of which would cost $30,000, so starting from fresh is not really an option.

I already tried clonezilla but the images created would not restore correctly.. the clonezilla image for /dev/sdb3 did not contain a valid NTFS filesystem (confirmed by unzipping the image and trying to mount)



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