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Windows 7: Advanced Boot problem with disk reverted from RAID 1 (Files are ok)

05 Jan 2011   #11
Tonza

Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
 
 

I'll have to see if can get to fork the registry the Install DVD or Linux. At least I could search for the RAID stuff.


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06 Jan 2011   #12
Tonza

Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
 
 

Now I've installed windows on my new SSD and I try to start fixing the system via this installation.

I also checked Brinks tutorial on how to revert dynamic drive back to basic. In my case I've allready kind of reverted the drives, as I switched them to Non-Raid via Intel Matrix Storage Menu. It seems that my problem is somewhere in the Windows Installation since the software RAID failed on boot I never got to windows to do this. Question remains: How should I proceed in the path getting a bootable basic disk?

In more detail I'm interested to get more thorough understanding about the 3rd method of this tutorial.

Help appreciated.


Hopefully someone can benefit from this operation after it's finished.
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06 Jan 2011   #13
Tonza

Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
 
 

Now I ran chkdisk on the volumes and it repaired something(probably in the registry) so now it's time for a boot and I'll report how it went. I also bought iolos System Mechanic toolset to see if it can help on the issue. Back to business.
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06 Jan 2011   #14
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tonza View Post
It seems that my problem is somewhere in the Windows Installation since the software RAID failed on boot I never got to windows to do this
I still think its because under the original RAID setup, the registry has an entry to tell the OS to boot under a RAID configuration. Now, however, the controller in the BIOS tells the OS to boot under ACHI, and this causes the conflict.

I'll be intrested to see how you solve it.

Good luck Tonza,
Golden
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07 Jan 2011   #15
Tonza

Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
 
 

Quote:
I still think its because under the original RAID setup, the registry has an entry to tell the OS to boot under a RAID configuration. Now, however, the controller in the BIOS tells the OS to boot under ACHI, and this causes the conflict.

I'll be intrested to see how you solve it.
I think you've got that right, and I've now been loggin the boot operation with safe mode where I can see exactly where the boot fails. I'm now trying start the system also from another disk where I've copied all the files and in the next step I'll build the bootloader for it and see if it helps.

I'm still doing deeper research for the registry and I'm also considering another approach too where I actually try to build the RAID1 again by formatting the former RAID disks again one at time.

Interesting also is that I read that someone had corrected a similar situation in Vista and he just copied the stuff to backup and then formatted original disk and moved the data back in and then, rebuilded the bootloader and fixed the disk with Windows installation disk and booted again, and that was it!

Thanks for the encouragement! -Tonza
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07 Jan 2011   #16
Tonza

Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
 
 
I solved the problem

Thank God, the problem is finally solved(It only took 4 days). I think this solution only applies if the problem was with RAID software not with the disks, but I'm not sure.

So here is what I did:

1. I had all my data backed up after I found out that the disks were ok. (I had two identical disks that were on RAID1(Check my system spec). Then for some reason first the other failed. Then after quite long time the other on the previous day I started the thread.)

2. Now the status of my RAID1 array was Failed and I was not able to boot.
WARNING: Now if your disks really have failed trying to repair them could just make the situation worse. My HDDs had not given ANY S.M.A.R.T messages that they were failing or having problems so switched the drives to linux machine to check if the data was there.

Result:
All data on place and no data lost. Both disks perfectly healthy. Now I tried a lot of things that just didn't work.
3. Next I installed a Windows on another drive to get the original system to boot.

4. Then I installed Partition Wizard Home Edition the program I learned from Brinks tutorial.

5. Now I went to Windows Disk Manager and formatted the older one of the RAID disks and launched Partition Wizard Home Edition.

6. In Partition Wizard I copied one of the two partitions on the other RAID disk, the partition copied was the one with the data not the system reserved.

7. Then I gave the old new disk a drive letter in Partition Wizard Home Edition.

8.Then I used also a free program called EasyBCD 2.0.2 To create a new BCD to my disk.

9. After that I reverted default settings to BIOS (from AHCI to IDE) just in case.
And booted first to the temporary windows and then did a shutdown for next step.

NoteI pulled the wrong disk first, so I had to shutdown again)


10. I unplugged every unnecessary disk, and switched off.

11. First I booted the system in Safe-Mode, and it Started !!!
12. Now in the Safe-Mode system installed drivers for the HDDs and then I restarted the system,

13. The system is as good as new and I still can't believe it's true.

Thats it lets see if I can clarify this tomorrow.
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