I flashed my BIOS yesterday in an attempt to address a fairly recent issue coming out of sleep (black screen of death) on Windows 7 Home 64-bit.
When I rebooted, I didn't realize that the flashing had turned off RAID, so Windows didn't see what it was looking for and went into a repair mode that obviously horked one of the drives when it should have seen RAID.
When I boot from the CDROM and go into Repair, it doesn't see any OS to repair. Then I try to add the Intel Matrix Storage Manager drivers
and it does see them on the USB. But it grinds for a minute or so and then says the driver
install failed. The is with the exact same Intel RAID drivers I've used many times last year with the betas and later the purchased version. I've also confirmed these drivers still load up fine if I start down the full install path (vs. repair). It can't read things and wants to do a format & install so I back out and quit.
The official repair steps of opening a DOS window and using 'bootrec /RebuildBcd' do not work for me. These are:
bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
attrib bcd -s -h -r
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
When I run the Bootrec commands above from a DOS prompt, the BCD steps say 'file not found' and the Bootrec command says it will take a few minutes, but is immediately done. And afterwards, the reboot fails so that doesn't work (obviously because it didn't load RAID).
The only good news is that I was able to create a rescue CD using BartPE
(with the 32-bit RAID drivers) that has allowed me to copy everything off to my 1TB external USB drive. Once I boot to Windows PE on my rescue CD, I can see everything on my RAID drives just fine, so everything is still there.
It's a darned shame that I can't fix that boot record, but with RAID drivers not loading in repair mode, I'm stuck.
This is on a nice homebuilt system built last summer with an excellent Asus mobo, terabyte drives, quad-core Intel, 6G RAM, etc.--all current stuff.
Any advice most welcome! I suspect I'll be reformatting it later tonight.