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


19 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Neither W7 install disc or W7 repair disc find my new system

I have a problem trying to set up raid 1. I have a new PC with Windows 7 Pro 64 bit installed and have migrated everything off the old failing desktop. Everything works well and Windows 7 has no problem booting. I can take Windows 7 image dumps as well. Somewhere in the process of setting up RAID I have done something that does not allow me to complete the process. I decided to use the Install Disk and do a startup repair to clear things, but for some reason neither the Install Disc or the Windows 7 System Repair disc find a system to repair yet my system boots properly.
I've read that I can image dump the whole thing, enter BIOS and setup Raid 1 properly and then restore the image. The proper drivers for RAID were loaded. Can someone tell me if this process would work? Thanks in advance for any help.

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19 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Windows 7 doesn't much like dated RAID technology, and doesn't need it with built-in drive imaging.

If you wanted to RAID your new PC you'd have reimage or reinstall anyway.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Macrium - Image your system
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19 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thank you for your update. I don't think I have older Raid. The mother board is band new and has the latest chipset from AMD S850. In any case I am looking for an answer as to why neither Install or System Repair disks can locate a Windows 7 image that works perfectly and whether or not I can use dump/restore to put back everything once I go into raid via Bios and create the Raid 1 environment with my two hard disks.
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19 Aug 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Sorry I meant that RAID is dated, not your hardware.

Is your problem that image is not detected by the booted installer or Repair CD when you select "System Image Recovery?"

Is the Windows 7 backup image placed in the root of an external or another internal HD?

It's possible it will not reimage to RAID with an image made from a single HD. You can try.
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19 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It may be a glitch, but if you are looking at the Repair options, if you check the top button, will it continue with the repair? I think it looks for the System partition, but have no proof, and someone else may know better.

Any chance you could get a snipping tool picture of your disk management window and attach using the paperclip?

Does that board have any type of RAID monitor utility that can give you the status of the array?

I have only played with RAID a couple of times, but have never really run it. If you go through how you set it up, maybe someone will see something meaningful. You know, like you enabled the RAID SATA controller in the bios, then entered the RAID OPRom during boot .........
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19 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Both the Windows 7 Install CD and the Windows 7 System Repair disc report that they cannot find an operating system, yet I boot from it without a problem. I used the option to repair in both cases . The RAID utility does not show any Raid Arrays but it does show my two 500gb hard drives one of which is the boot disk. Disk management shows a 100mb System Partition and the Windows 7 install partition and that is all. I will get a disk image and clip here tomorrow.

Thanks for the replies.
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19 Aug 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Make sure the installer and Repair CD have SP1 if the OS does, as it should.

The OS will generate the Repair disk, while the latest official installer is in the Clean Reinstall tutorial.

System Repair Disc - Create
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20 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Both the Install DVD and System Repair are SP1.

Neither W7 install disc or W7 repair disc find my new system-w7-computer-mgmt-disk-view.jpg


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20 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Ok, I actually had to install a RAID 1 system to know for sure, but your system does not appear to be a RAID setup. You can look at mine to compare. I am using two 640 GB drives.

The fact is shows two disks with one drive space unallocated, may be a glitch in disk management, or something else.

Running a sfc /scannow from an Administrative would not hurt and maybe repair something.

I will be testing this setup to see how Image backups and repairs work.

It is also funny, that for me to get into the RAID setup, I had to revert to a PS/2 keyboard, on this motherboard.


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20 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I do see one more thing. On my system, under bios boot devices I show a volume0 option and not just a individual drive. This is an Intel board, so it might be different for yours, but something to check.
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