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    Windows 7 Professional x64
       #300

    Another update: I feel like an idiot. I agreed with Robert's analysis of 2 SSD's plugged in at a time probably being a bad thing, but avoided taking out the secondary one because of the annoyance of taking my heavy case out of an uncomfortable corner of the room. I then remembered that I can take it out very, very easily from the front of the case and did just that. Voila! Two instances of Startup Repair and I booted into Windows. :)
    Thank you, Robert!!!
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       #301

    No, I don't have any additional suggestions from my previous post. It is good to hear you have made some progress! Great!

    Vista and early beta 7s had 200MB "System Reserved" boot partitions, later only 100MB were created during installation. A partition of the size 2MB would definitely be from somewhere else.

    A data partition/hard drive does not need a boot flag to be active. During POST, the BIOS looks for the first hard drive and partition with the Boot Flag, if it does not find the necessary boot code, it will look for the next hard drive and so on depending on how many hard drives there are. If the BIOS cannot find the boot code, you will get the "Element not found" error. Your boot code is either corrupted or missing and needs to be reinstalled.

    Please let us know how things turn out!

    Cheers!
    Robert
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       #302

    shleepy said:
    Another update: I feel like an idiot. I agreed with Robert's analysis of 2 SSD's plugged in at a time probably being a bad thing, but avoided taking out the secondary one because of the annoyance of taking my heavy case out of an uncomfortable corner of the room. I then remembered that I can take it out very, very easily from the front of the case and did just that. Voila! Two instances of Startup Repair and I booted into Windows. :)
    Thank you, Robert!!!
    You are most welcome! Glad to see you have things sorted!
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  4. Posts : 2
    windows 7 home premium 64 bit
       #303

    life saver


    you simply saved my life!! thank you so much!
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       #304

    astavn said:
    you simply saved my life!! thank you so much!
    Thank you astvan, and Welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

    Cheers!
    Robert
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  6. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 64 bit and Windows Server 2008R2 64 bit
       #305

    Will this apply to my situation


    Will this tutorial help me?

    My problem is when it loads then BIOS first tells me that there are no Physical disks or logical disks, then restarts and then it's loading my Server OS.

    I have 3 SATA disks.

    2 of them were in a Hardware raid 0 until I flashed my BIOS.

    the 3rd I have installed windows Server 2008R2 on it.

    before I installed the 3rd hdd BIOS asked me if I wanted to continue with the old information or the new information.

    I pushed F2 for continue with the new information. Then my HW raid setup disappeared.

    I then installed the Server 2008R2. This is were it gets spooky, because my Server can only see one of the two disks I mentioned before. In the BIOS menu I can see all three disks.

    But if I try to open the disk from my Server it asks if I want to format it, and that I do not want, because of well same song again... important data which there is no backup of and so on.

    An importent note: When I go to diskmanagement in my server it asks if the disk that it can see should have a new MBR created.
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       #306

    sabeltiger81 said:
    Will this tutorial help me?

    My problem is ... I flashed my BIOS.
    Hello sabeltiger81, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

    With the limited info you have supplied so far, I can only guess you used the RAID features provided by the Motherboard manufacturer to set up your RAID drives. When you FLASHED the bios, the RAID settings were 'turned off'. My best guess for a solution is to disconnect the third hard drive with Windows Server, boot to the BIOS and enable the RAID settings for your two hard drives. I would think you could use the steps you followed when you first set up the RAID to re-activate the RAID. Hopefully, the RAID will rebuild itself preserving your data.

    This Tutorial will not be of any help to you in rebuilding your RAID data. Sorry.

    Cheers!
    Robert
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    windows 7 ultimate x64
       #307

    thanks a lot


    thanks a lot. what a great tip... more power!
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    ravencivic said:
    thanks a lot. what a great tip... more power!
    You are most welcome, ravencivic! Welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

    Cheers!
    Robert
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    Linux fedora 64 bit, trying to reinstall windows 7 home premium 64bit
       #309

    HELP!!!


    hello i have a ?, how do you restore a boot sector from a now uninstalled version of 7 home premium. someone changed it to linux on me
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