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Windows 7: Neither W7 install disc or W7 repair disc find my new system


20 Aug 2012   #11
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I would format Disk0 to use for storage, save your backup image there.
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20 Aug 2012   #12

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Thank you all for responding as I try to understand just what I might have finger checked when I was attempting to build the RAID 1 setup. The 2nd drive shown in my Computer Management actually came from the older PC and was the 2nd of two RAID 1 volumes, not the primary, but that raid was Intel. My new pc has ASUS mother board with onboard AMD Raid and a utility under Windows 7 called Raidxpert. I don't know what RAID puts on the drives that identifies them as RAID so I think you are right to format the drive and see what happens. Thanks again for doing the testing. I really appreciate everyones efforts.
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21 Aug 2012   #13

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I think I created my own problem. Adding the 2nd drive from the old PC that had been in a RAID 1 setup and not formatting it to get rid of whatever RAID scribbles in the MBR is a no-no. I formatted the 2nd drive yesterday and today I can boot either the Install Disk or the System Repair disk and they both find my Windows 7 operating system now. Thanks to Saltgrass for suggesting that the 2nd disk reported by disk management looked funny and might be causing the problem. I am now at the point where I want to create the RAID 1 evinroment but don't know if I will be able to restore a system image to a freshly created raid environment. Anyway, thanks to everyone.
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21 Aug 2012   #14

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 52yankee View Post
I am now at the point where I want to create the RAID 1 evinroment but don't know if I will be able to restore a system image to a freshly created raid environment. Anyway, thanks to everyone.
Funny you should mention this, since it is one thing I tested. If the image is useable, and it will fit on your new configuration, you should be able to re-image it.

I found out, you need the same circumstances you need to install the RAID in the first place. That being RAID set for the SATA controller and entering the RAID OpRom to set up the Array. Once you do that, you should be able to install or re-image. And if it comes up, my RAID was set up with a UEFI install, but it should not matter, as long as you boot the Install media to the same configuration as the image.

Good Luck..
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