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Windows 7: NTFS automatically changed to RAID?


08 Mar 2012   #1

win 7 64
 
 
NTFS automatically changed to RAID?

Hi all,

I am hoping someone can help as I just cannot figure it out and I have searched high and low on the internet and cannot find the answer.


New PC built from a bare bones machine
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products [...] 4344g.html

and a 2tb drive
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products [...] 0earx.html

partitioned into 4 drives (from what I remember
drive 1 64gb =Windows 7 64bit
drive 2 600gb = contains all my hd captures from my new camcorder
drive 2 600gb = contains tv programme records from using dazzle
drive 2 600gb = All else (but not much used)

Turned off the computer safely with 4 partitions In the morning will not boot.

  • Tried to reinstall Windows 7, but I there is no drive available to select.
  • Minixp lists the 4 drives just none accessable
  • The drive shows up on POST and in the BIOS.
  • ubuntu live finds the os partition and one other partition (able to extract those files.
  • HDat2 says no errors
  • Ihave confused the tech support people as the drive is clearly not dead.
  • Since that Iran diskgenius via minixp
    0 = RAID 992.5kb
    1 = RAID 100mb
    2 = RAID 48.7gb
    3 = RAID 1.8tb
Has it really turned RAID (WHY?) and how do I fix it?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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09 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote:
partitioned into 4 drives (from what I remember
drive 1 64gb =Windows 7 64bit
drive 2 600gb = contains all my hd captures from my new camcorder
drive 2 600gb = contains tv programme records from using dazzle
drive 2 600gb = All else (but not much used)
Do you have only one HD with 4 partitions?

What is the SATA controller set to in the BIOS, IDE, ACHI or RAID? Did you change it recently or reset your BIOS?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

NTFS and RAID are not options of the same setting. One is a file system and one is a method of using drives together as opposed to individually.

If you want help, let us know how your SATA controller is set in the BIOS and post a screenshot of your Disk Management screen.
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17 Mar 2012   #4

win 7 64
 
 

There is indeed just one HD with 4 partitions

Within the BIOS it is set as 'Native IDE'

Here is a screenshot from when I boted via live cd



Novatech hae since taken in the computer and tested, they have found that the Sata controller was faulty and replaced the Mobo.

They said when I get it back I should pop in the HDD and it should all work again, Ipopped it in...It doesnt work, still the same issues with boot crashing at Windows 7 splash screen.

Any idea how I can get this HDD working again and booting into windows? as the os partition is still intact accrned to my disk management software.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Replaced with the same model motherboard?
With the new motherboard can you boot the Windows recovery enviroment from the F8 menu or the Windows 7 DVD and do a repair install?
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27 Mar 2012   #6

win 7 64
 
 

It was replaced with the same motherboard, but still no luck with the drive,
it will crash out at the splash screen.

I was again on te phone to novatech support and he said that i should try different ports and different sata cables, I have done this and neither worked

I managed to get hold of another computer and ran the hdd as an additional drive.
In disk management it comes up as a dynamic drive 'invalid'




how the problem drive looks using diskgenius


normal drive from secondary computer
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have to admit this may be beyond my level of experience. Deacon may be able to help but I'll also see if I can get someone else to have a look.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Mar 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Have you backed up your data?

I would test the HD with WD Data Lifeguard extended CD scan: HD Diagnostic

Then use same CD to wipe the HD (quick) then Clean Reinstall using these same basic steps as with factory OEM to get a perfect reinstall.

Before reinstalling reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI. Unplug all other HDs and peripherals.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Mar 2012   #9

win 7 64
 
 

It passes both diagnostic tool tests.
I only had it for a month, so did not back it up, also cannot do a Windows 7 repair as there is no image for it, it cannot find a file with my hardware profile.
Any chance where this can be found?
Also Windows 7 install does not recognise the drive in order to do an install.

I want to be able to save the data, by possibly overwriting my os partition with a new copy of Windows 7.

Here are the bios info if helps







My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Mar 2012   #10

win 7 64
 
 

PS my boot priority is because I do not have a optical drive installed and use a usb one, failing that a usb memory stick when I want to to use mini-xp then HDD.

Changing this priority does not help things
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