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Windows 7: Cannot boot from non-RAID image restored to RAID SSD


13 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Cannot boot from non-RAID image restored to RAID SSD

OK, I was using one Vertex 120 as my Windows 7 C: drive and bought another to take advantage of RAID0 performance. Did a system image backup of the C: drive to my 1TB D: drive, installed the 2nd Vertex 120 (both are FW 1.5), enabled RAID in BIOS and created a RAID0 in the Intel RAID launch program. Then did an image restore to the new RAID0 C: drive. And... it won't boot -- hangs about 1 second into the "fireflies" in the boot process. It must be the boot.ini doesn't like the RAID0 config when it was backed up as a AHCI drive. Windows 7 repair fails. How do I gain access to the boot.ini file? Or is it the boot.ini file?

I should add that it does boot from a clean Windows 7 install, just not the image restore from the single AHCI Vertex.

HELP!!

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13 May 2010   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You need to get the raid drivers into the o/s you just restored.

The only way I can think of to do that is with Paragon Adaptive restore - select P2P adjust o/s ,select the o/s to adjust, select upload drivers, browse to the .inf - give it a few secs to load , next, Apply, and it's done.

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13 May 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

How about the opposite? Can a Windows 7 install to RAID array be reimaged after the drives are un-RAIDed on a Dell desktop?

I can use either Windows 7 imaging or Acronis 2010.

The combined space is 760gb while the install size is only 50gb now.
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14 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

So I had to take down the RAID0 until I can figure out how to get the Intel RAID drivers installed on the RAID0 BEFORE I try to restore from my system image to the RAID0. Windows 7 driver install during the image restore process FAILS. Any ideas?
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14 May 2010   #5

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Greg ,

Don't think that's going to work as the unraided drive is in effect new hardware.

You could try. If 7 can't clamber to the desktop after restoring the image, then just boot up the Paragon Adaptive Restore cd and point it at the restored o/s.

Select the bottom option - Do Not Upload drivers. That will open up the Windows 7 registry so it thinks it's just been installed.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
How about the opposite? Can a Windows 7 install to RAID array be reimaged after the drives are un-RAIDed on a Dell desktop?

I can use either Windows 7 imaging or Acronis 2010.

The combined space is 760gb while the install size is only 50gb now.
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14 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chimera43 View Post
So I had to take down the RAID0 until I can figure out how to get the Intel RAID drivers installed on the RAID0 BEFORE I try to restore from my system image to the RAID0. Windows 7 driver install during the image restore process FAILS. Any ideas?
I would not use RAID 0 (striped) because it is very unsafe. If one drive fails you lose all your data. I would use RAID 1 (mirroring).

RAID - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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21 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chimera43 View Post
So I had to take down the RAID0 until I can figure out how to get the Intel RAID drivers installed on the RAID0 BEFORE I try to restore from my system image to the RAID0. Windows 7 driver install during the image restore process FAILS. Any ideas?
I would not use RAID 0 (striped) because it is very unsafe. If one drive fails you lose all your data. I would use RAID 1 (mirroring).

RAID - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I have been using Raid 0 since forever...granted there are inherent risks aka drive failure,but my experience has been (fingers crossed) that HDD's are pretty much reliable...I have never yet had a drive fail and cause me to lose an array. Currently waiting on a new WD Velo to add to the existing 2 disk raid I'm running.
HDD's I've had fail in non raid have all been Seagates. I don't use them anymore but do use WD Velocoraptors and Samsung Spintpoints for what few backups I do make.

So "unsafe" yes to a point.."very unsafe" no not really..
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21 Apr 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

May I ask what is the advantage to running RAID0?
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22 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

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24 Apr 2011   #10

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by simmo View Post
The web page you quote on RAID is far from correct, while some of the information is correct and the basic idea is there but leaves a lot of information missing.

Here is one the Wiki page; note this is not perfectly correct but much of the information is correct and posted where it was taken from. I have been using RAID for years and this page is close.

RAID - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As far as your RAID 0 usage you have been very very lucky. I have seen many many RAID 0 arrays fail, server or home user, and many times it was the home user on consumer machines. -WS
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