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Windows 7: Disk Boot Failure with RAID 0 Array

18 Apr 2010   #1
MrNosebleed

Windows 7
 
 
Disk Boot Failure with RAID 0 Array

Hi

I have two 500Gb SATA drives in a RAID 0 config set as my system drive 'C', and a 1TB SATA as a storage drive 'E'

Never had this problem until last night when I removed the storage drive. Tried the usual fixes with no luck, put the drive back in and the system boots normally.

The problem seems to be that I installed Windows on the RAID array while the storage drive was attached, and for some reason Windows decided to make 'E' the active partition.

Have attached a screenshot.

'E' also shows as System for some reason, even tho Windows is on 'C'.

What I want to know is can I fix this problem without reformatting/reinstalling, and what will potentially happen if I make the 'C' partition active? Dont really want to kill my machine right now!

All comments and advice appreicated.




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18 Apr 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

No problem. First, mark the Windows partition as active.

Partition - Mark as Active

Then, run a startup repair.

That should do the trick.
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18 Apr 2010   #3
MrNosebleed

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post

That should do the trick.
Should?
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18 Apr 2010   #4
MrNosebleed

Windows 7
 
 

Curious as to why E is showing as System as well. Any ideas on that?
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18 Apr 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I say "should" because I can't 100% guarantee it will work. However, I have a very strong suspicion it will.

At worst, it doesn't work. In that case, simply mark the E partition as active again, and you should be back to normal.

One thing I forgot to mention. In your BIOS, make sure the C drive is set to be the first one to boot.
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18 Apr 2010   #6
MrNosebleed

Windows 7
 
 

Cheers for that, but my concern is that if it doesnt work, i wont be able to boot back in to mark the E partition as active. Bit of a catch 22 i suspect.
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19 Apr 2010   #7
MrNosebleed

Windows 7
 
 

No go. I set the partition as active, booted from the install disk, used startup recovery, says it cant repair the disk and that no os is present.

I am now officially screwed. ANyone have any ideas how I can get back into my pc?
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19 Apr 2010   #8
MrNosebleed

Windows 7
 
 

ps - I assume the windows setup disk is not seeing the os because it is installed on a raid set and it doesnt have raid drivers, if this makes sense. Any way of loading raid drivers prior to running startup recovery?
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19 Apr 2010   #9
MrNosebleed

Windows 7
 
 

Oops. Answered my own question. Working now, touch wood. Was not quite as straightforward as all that - seems the biggest problem was Windows still insisting on assigning the drive letter C to the storage drive and not the raid set. Had to bludgeon it into submission by unplugging everything but the raid set and assigning drive letters manually. So far so good.
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19 Apr 2010   #10
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Startup Recovery, looks for Boot files on Disk 0, which is your E: drive.
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