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Help with XP & Vista 32-bit dual boot: 5 drives, 4 sata raid array 1 boot

Q: Help with XP & Vista 32-bit dual boot: 5 drives, 4 sata raid array 1 boot

If anyone out there can please offer some guidance it would be appreciated & I will take you to dinner if your in the tri-state area!

My Dad passed... When he did he was having problems booting up his computer wich is dual boot (xp/vista32) on one drive ide I believe haven't taken a close look at that drive, plus four other sata drives set in a raid array If I recall this is a raid 10 setup??? Anyway windows downloaded an update for his graphics card. since then the compute goes through the initial boot, identifies all hardwae and then stops at a prompt, it does not go to the windows boot menu nor does any windows flash graphic come up. Instead it hangs at a dead cursor where nothing can be typed in. His graphics card is an asus card with an ati chipset and dual monitors installed. All I want to get at is documents and pictures. To add another twist, the 4 Sata drives are partioned into at minimum 15 virtual drives. He was a Dr. and had things scattered all over for legal, personal, trading, patient, insurance, ect... Hence the number of vitual drives.

The big question is, can I run a vista rescue disk or recovery disc to boot it into windows? Or am I going to lose the XP info or all for that matter?

HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.... I do fairly well with computers and have building/repairing my own since college (1989..am I that old?). My dad was a fanatic with them so he buuilt a new one every year I got out of and when it's too slow I move on and rebuild. BTW he has an ASUS PB5 motherboard if my memory serves correct (the box is still at his hous and there too many cables and cards to dig around the MB to find out.

PLease Help!!!!

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A: Help with XP & Vista 32-bit dual boot: 5 drives, 4 sata raid array 1 boot

PLease somebody must be abele to offer some assistance

I am a believer that somebody has come across this if anyone has guidance please help!

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i'm new to this forum so... Hello everyone!

well i have a very simple problem, i bought an alienware pc about 3 months ago i put in it as much hardware as i could afford, i ended up with an intel 2.66 ghz quad, 2 geforce 8800 gtx, 4 gig of ram, a 500 gig boot mirror raid and a 250 gig storage mirror raid.
Because most of my programs only run on xp i payed a little extra to have it with xp... yes it actually cost more!

and here is where the nature of my problem is... as it happens 32 bit OS's cant allocate more than 3 gigs of ram including video ram... so right now i'm only using 2.5 gigs of ram and 500mb of video ram... which is less than half of what i actually payed for

so naturally i need to install windows vista 64 bit... but i want to dual boot it with xp, i've read loads of tutorials on dual booting xp and vista on partitions and separate drives and it all seems very straight forward, but they never mention tackling dual boot on separate raids.
what sort of problems can i expect with this setup?? will i need to install raid drivers for vista?? will i need to unplug the raid where xp is installed?? will the processor even be able to run at 64 bit??

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I would like to install XP on a second hard drive(E) which it is on SATA 4 and The Vista hard drive is on SATA 0. I tried using tool call easy BCD 1.7.2, however it did not work or I am doing something wrong. I would like to have a dual boot.

A:Dual boot Vista and XP and two SATA drives

What's the Make n Model of the computer ???

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So I'm using my a8n-sli premium motherboard and have been just using 1 sata hard drive using Windows XP for about a year. I bought a second sata hard drive last week and installed Vista on it.

I just can't figure out the correct boot.ini for this to work, here is what I have currently:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista"
I get an missing NTLD message, when I try to boot from Vista, but the XP one works with that configuration.

I can boot off the Vista one fine if I set it in the bios boot order to come up before the XP hard drive, so the drive and the OS are fine.

Thanks all, I have done alot of research and have no been able to figure this out.

A:Boot.ini Problems - Dual Booting 2 Sata Drives - XP - Vista

phaze112 said:

So I'm using my a8n-sli premium motherboard and have been just using 1 sata hard drive using Windows XP for about a year. I bought a second sata hard drive last week and installed Vista on it.

I just can't figure out the correct boot.ini for this to work, here is what I have currently:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista"
I get an missing NTLD message, when I try to boot from Vista, but the XP one works with that configuration.

I can boot off the Vista one fine if I set it in the bios boot order to come up before the XP hard drive, so the drive and the OS are fine.

Thanks all, I have done alot of research and have no been able to figure this out.Click to expand...

The problem is that you have windows xp and vista on a two different hard drives and your BIOS only recognize one bootable hard drive at a time, which is the one you set as your primary hard drive. if you want both OS to be bootable, you need to have vista install on your primary hard drive.

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Comp Stats: HP pavilion a6230n
Windows Vista 32-bit Home Premium
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+
3 GB Ram
GeForce 8600 GT

I have a used WD enchanced IDE hard drive that I wish to install windows xp on and have no idea where to start.

Most threads on the web talks about installing dual OS on one hard drive and almost none on how to use dual OS with 2 separate drives (SATA + IDE)

So how do I install XP on the IDE hard drive and how to boot XP or Vista when I want?

A:Dual Boot on separate drives SATA + IDE

Have you read the Locked threads at the top of the list on the Vista Forum(http://forums.techguy.org/75-windows-vista/) ?
There you will find all you need to know, there is NO difference between using "Partitions" and separate drives.

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My system has been running fine for quite some time. I'm running Vista Ultimate on an ASUS P5ND2-SLI mobo.

I just picked up 2 new 500 GB SATA drives to use for data storage, RAID 1 . My OS will remain as is, on a single, non-raid drive.

I hooked up the two SATA drives and followed the instructions from my ASUS user guide:
With the BIOS, I enabled RAID and selected the drives.
With the NVIDIA Raid Utility I set up the RAID array as Mirrored and selected the drives. It seemed to go well.

But Vista does not recognize the two drives as a RAID array. It shows two distinct drives (this was with the Vista Disk Management Util and with Device Manager as well)

I called ASUS and got someone on the phone fairly quickly, although they informed me that I had done everything correctly so this must be a Vista issue. According to the ASUS rep, I do NOT need RAID drivers for Vista because the OS is not installed on the array.

Any ideas. Thanks for any help.

A:Vista doesn't see my additional hard drives as part of a RAID array

I would use the bios utilty to delete the array and re-create it.

Asus rep is wrong me thinks, you do need the raid drivers for the mirror to be seen correctly by the OS.

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I had Vista installed on a Raid 0 array with an extra HD for storage. I decided to use this extra storage HD to install XP on so I could set up a dual boot system between two different HD setups, one raid with vista, and one single drive with XP.

I unplugged my raid HDs from the power and sata cables then proceeded to install XP on my single storage HD. After a few attempts due to sata driver issues I finally got a smooth clean install of XP on a single HD. I re-connected my raid drives that had Vista 64 installed on it. I rebooted and got an error message: DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER, which I did of course. Vista loaded and showed my partitioned Raid 0 array but no operating system is shown. It should show Vista 64. So I disabled my Raid option in Bios and XP booted up no problem. So now my question is...how do I get vista to boot back up on my Raid stripe?

A:Help With Dual Boot Vista/xp And Raid 0

RAID boots differently from single drives - I suspect that there's an issue between the RAID and the bootloader. Because of the errors that you're receiving, I wonder if there's a connection of some sort between your RAID boot and the other hard drive. I wonder if your RAID array is initializing/set to the point where it knows to boot from the array (rather than from a single disk)

Not knowing that much about RAID, I'd suggest removing the storage hard drive and repairing the RAID installation with the Vista Startup Repair.

What concerns me (and I don't have the knowledge to explain this) is that the RAID BIOS/array seems (at least on my system) to boot before the boot menu becomes available. So you have to manually turn over control to the RAID array in the BIOS each time. In other words, the system will POST, then you'll have to select the RAID array to boot into Vista - or opt out of the RAID array to boot into XP.

In short, I'd guess that this was a problem with the settings in the RAID BIOS/settings that may not be recognizing the bootability (?) of the array.

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I hope I didn't double post this.
I currently have XP SP2 installed on RAID 0
ANyway I have Partition Magic 8.5 and VistaBootPro 3.3 ready to go for a dual boot on a RAID 0 partition. I'm not exactly sure how to use PM. Do I resize my current partition and then create a new partition? Also, will I lose my XP RAID configuration if I use a Vista RAID configuration on the same physical drives (2 WD Raptor x's in RAID 0)
Also any other tips you may have for setting up a Vista dual boot would be appreciated.
Basically I want to run DirectX 10 games only on Vista for my geForce 8800GTS card

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe nForce4 chipset with 6.86 drivers

A:Win Xp and Vista...Dual boot RAID??

Follow up:

I took the plunge and resized my RAID 0 partition. Does it matter if I make the new partition a Logical or Primary drive when installing Vista for a dual boot. I ask because I tried it as a Primary drive but when my PC reboots it goes straight into XP and never finishes the install of Vista. When I tried it as a logical drive it boots into a boot menu with Vista as an option but since in never installed I get an error message with 3 options none of which I am able to carry out.
I sense that I'm close to figuring it out but not quite there. Some help would be nice or a link that might help. I haven't found a good link that covers this particular situation.

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my computer
hdd: 2x 500gb WD sata 16 mb in raid o,1x 300gb wd sata 8 mb
mb: abit ab9 pro
vc: radeon sapphire 1950 xtx 256 mb
ram: 2gb 800 mhz
dvd: asus dvd rw litescribe,samsung writemaster
capture card pinnacle
floppy drive
os.win xp sp2
i want to make dual boot with vista but when i start to install vista is not recognizing the raid 0 drives just the separate drive and it says that this drive is not activ .

A:dual boot install xp vista on raid 0

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Dell 380 winxp sp2, BIOS controlled RAID 1 SATA array

I ran an avira boot cd viral scan yesterday w/out options to fix. No infected files were found, just warnings about unable to scan compressed & encrypted files and some old exe downloaded program never run, zips & jpgs w/ possible trojan, malware/htlm picframes per detection patterns. The Dell wasn't acting any weirder than usual, but I'm ruling out infection on the Sony to which it's networked and I ran the viral scan first on the Dell to begin my learning curve. I can do w/out the dell easier than w/out the sony.

This morning the Dell won't boot into last known configuration or safe mode - "missing hal.dll, please replace file". I thought Ntldr & Ntdetect did the initial hardware load, but I guess they need hal to do it.

I have the Dell OS winxp installation disk, which is supposed to be a Windows install disk - not a "product recovery disk' only good for running an automatic reformat/reinstall. So I should be able to boot from the disk and try the repair option.

Is there something I should do RAID-wise before trying to do the repair? There's a RAID utility you can get into from the first booting up page, but I've only read about it being used if one hd comes loose to rebuild/repair the array.

Is the missing hal likely to be the tip of the iceberg? I thought the avira scan was supposed to sit in RAM and to only read and not write to disk and the BIOS-loaded R... Read more

A:Can't boot Missing hal.dll on RAID 1 array

Try to start using the Recovery console. It may work if the RAID doesn't need a third party driver. Then youcan copy the file to it's directory.http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproble...storehaldll.htm

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Im new to the forums so I hope to get a lot from them

Well, I made myself a new pc recentley and I installed windows vista ultimate on it. Vista is on the SATA drive i purchased. What I would like to do (being the big game fan that i am) is purchase a second SATA drive and put XP on it. What would be the simplest way of doing that, having vista already installed first on the other drive? Will I be able to use the same boot menu as if I had XP and Vista on the same drive? Or would I have to use the motherboards boot menu to acces the different drives??

Will appreciate the extra pointers on the boot selection thing, but more important, the ability to have both vista and xp on the computer

Thanks a bunch in advance

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Hello all
I would like to dual boot vista and xp professional.
I have 2 sata drives.
I unplugged the xp drive before vista installation as it didnt give me an option of where to install vista and i didnt want xp to be written over with vista.
Now I have one drive with xp which will work and boot into xp whether the vista drive is connected or not but I cannot boot into vista.

The only way to get into vista is to disconnect the xp drive which is a nuicance.

Can I modify the boot.ini file and get into vista? I tried a little after reading some forum posts and I do get an option to boot either xp or vista and xp will boot but still vista doesnt.

Any help appreciated - sorry if this has already been covered here - i did search but i couldnt find an example the same as mine - which i'm sure there must be....

A:dual boot vista and xp two drives

My guess is that the computer is booting on the XP drive first and that XP's MBR doesn't recognize Vista's boot loader. Enter the BIOS at startup and choose to boot from the Vista drive. Then edit Vista's boot configuration to add the XP drive. Here's a link about editing Vista's boot manager :

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Hi everybody. I always seem to end up on this forum when I'm Googling for tech issues and always find all the answers, but recently I've come across an issue I haven't been able to find info on so I figured I'd join here and ask.

My old PC with a 160 gig IDE running WinXP recently died from a fried CPU, so I took the RAM, video card, and hard drive and installed them in an old Dell I had layin around that still worked pretty well. The Dell had a 80 gig SATA HDD, so I did a clean install of Vista on it figuring I could use my old XP IDE HDD as a slave, which worked out fine by the way except for one small (HUGE ;o) detail.

I literally have thousands of dollars worth of web and graphic design software on my old HDD, and I want to be able to have a dual boot system, where I can choose to boot either the SATA with Vista, or the IDE with WinXP so that I can still use my software if I'm working on a project that requires it. I really can't afford to go shell out another $2500 on software that I already have on the old HDD so this seems like a really good option.

I know this is possible, I'm just not really sure how to go about doing it. I thought it would be as simple as installing the XP as master IDE and the Vista as primary SATA, and just going into the boot menu and choosing one or the other, but it hasn't worked out quite like that. The SATA boots as default, but when I try to boot the IDE from the boot menu nothing happens, and I just end up having to reboot again.... Read more

A:Dual Boot XP from slaved IDE with Vista Master SATA

You are in a tricky posistion.
1. Your IDE hdd has the drivers from a different computer and at best wont work very well on the different one so getting it to boot could cause serious problems.
2. Now if you have the install disks from the other progs. you would still be able to access the data files for them on the other drive. This would be the best option.
3. If you are willing to take door number three there is a way to make Vista recognize the other op system but you should try this first to avoid any failures but it depends on your computer saavy and some luck.

The old HDD was it from a computer that was preinstalled or do you have a XP disk?
If you have a XP disk you may get a repair install to make it work.
To do that I would take out the Vista drive and make the IDE primary.
It may even boot.
Then install the drivers and then we can reintroduce the Vista drive to the system.

If it was preinstalled and you have the disk then things are more difficult and probably wont work due to the fact that it wont see the computer that it needs to ensure completion. You can try but...
Just make sure that the Vista HDD cant be accessed while trying this.

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After making a new RAID array in the bios and making sure the system bios shows the correct hard drives and boot sequence (CD) the pc fails to boot. I get the message to boot from the CD but when I do I get the message that it's looking at the system configuration then the screen goes blank and it looks like I'm in "neutral." Nothing seems to be happening even after 30 minutes or so, the installation screen never appears, it looks like the CD has stopped. I've switched CD burners (physically and in the bios) but the results are the same, the setup screen never appears.
Any suggestions would be most welcome as to the next step.

A:Solved: Win XP won't boot from CD after making RAID array

Problem Solved

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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.

A:Disk Boot Failure with RAID 0 Array

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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Problem: motherboard (Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3P (rev. 3.3)) raid controllers are each recognising first HDD in respective 2-HDD raid array as having 'nonraid' configuration.

Both raid 2-HDD arrays have been running without problems FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS. It is clear that all HDD's must still be in good condition. Read below: it must be only Gigabyte's controller that is mistaken.

Consistent problem behavior:
PC posts normally. Upon starting each raid controller, the first HDD is listed as nonraid configuration and the second is recognised as raid.

As the the Gigabyte raid array is the virtual BOOT disk, a disk read error occurs, the system fails to load and booting stops.

How it happened:
The system has been booting perfectly for two years. At POST, it always recognised NO HDDs (because they were all being handled by Raid controllers). After post, each raid controller would start and show each had two HDDs in a valid matrix (see configuration below).

However, in the past months the system would 'hang' when running some programs in Windows XP.

To try to fix this problem I inspected the BIOS settings over several weeks. I reset various BIOS values and the sytem continued rebooting after every change.

The hang problem persisted, so in BIOS I selected 'Fail safe defauls' in BIOS and rebooted.

Unfortunately, the 'Fail safe' configuration does not include RAID support, so at Post BIOS DID recognise the separate HDDs.

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A:ONE Gigabyte non-raid boot invalidates array??!?!

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How can I dual boot TWO instances of Vista Business from TWO separate hard drives? - My wife's Dell Vostro 1710 has had to be been returned to Dell, I have installed her Vostro hard drive in my IDENTICAL Dell Vostro 1710, but I don't get a dual boot menu when I power up my Vostro 1710. (Both Vista Business OSs are licensed, separately).

I would like to boot her hard drive so that it looks like 'her' desktop on 'her' computer.
- My machine boots to MY OS if both hard drives are enabled.

- BUT - if I disable MY hard drive and leave HERS enabled, I just get a black screen 'memory' error and an instruction to insert the Windows repair disk.

Thanks for any advice.

A:Dual Boot TWO Vista OS's on TWO hard drives

Hi Davidjay and welcome, here is a nice freeware app, and its very easy to understand give it a try, good luck.
EasyBCD - Take control of your boot loader | NeoSmart Technologies#

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Even though there's other dual boot threads, I couldn't find one that's relevant to my particular set up...

I have a powerful new 64 bit desktop running Windows 8.1 installed on the C: drive (it's a SSD)

Three internal HDD's ( in a RAID configuration) as D: and E: drives.

In addition to several external USB drives, I have 2 internal (removable hot-swap HDD drives) as local Disk Q:, and Local Disk R:

I'd like to install Vista Home Premium (32 bit) Operating system on Local Disk Q: as a secondary boot option. The reason for this is that I have an important program I need to install that's not compatible with a 64 bit OS.

Could someone please walk me through the steps to set this up, as I just don't know how to do it, and wouldn't even know where to start? Thanks.

A:Help setting up dual 8.1 and Vista boot drives

Hey mate, first to answer the 64 and 32bit question: Can I dual boot 32bit and 64bit Windows 7, and if I can how? - Microsoft Community

And now some tutorials in this thread that might help you do that (see posts 3 & 4): http://www.eightforums.com/installat...tml#post355424

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I have two drives (C and D) with Vista on one and Win 7 on the other (not sure if they're actual drives or partitions of a single drive, how do I tell?). I am dual booting and never use Vista. Starting to need the disk space and want to delete Vista. Is this difficult in this scenario?

A:Remove Vista from Vista / Win7 Dual Boot - Separate Drives

No, shouldn't be difficult.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management so we can see your setup.

Get to disk management by typing those 2 words into the start button search box.

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yeah so i can't say im really surprised that there are issues here, but i just dont know what to do.

i had a striped raid array on my old asus a7v8x mob. on the old board i had one drive running into an IDE channel and one into a sata channel (ide to sata adapter).

the new mobo is also an Asus, the a8v socket 939 one. on the new mobo i have the same hard drive going into the IDE raid channel as before and the 2nd drive going into one of the sata raid channels. (tried both sata channels, neither works)

on the new mobo when i start the computer and go to the raid controller menu it recognizes the array no problem. i deleted it and rebuilt it too. during boot the raid array is "functional."

anyways when it gets past POST it goes to the screen that says "windows failed to load properly last time" and asks what i want to do... safe mode, safe with networking, normal startup etc etc. no matter what i choose though it just restarta the computer and goes through POST again. windows never loads.

so, any advice?

i can update any info if i missed any details.

thanks a lot!

A:new mobo, old raid array, windows wont boot!

a little more info:

under boot bios there are only 3 devices listed

i can only assume that ft tx ary 1 is the raid device.

i eventually took everything apart again and put my old system back together *cry*

so windows boots ok on my old system.
anyone got any ideas what may be wrong with my new setup? its still a promise raid controller, i dont see why it wouldn't recognize it.
i'm unfamiliar with the bios on the new mobo but its pretty self explanatory. the only thing thats really "different" is that on my old mobo you had to enable RAID booting, and then put the raid device up on the bootlist.

on this new mobo i dont think i saw an option to enable RAID booting. maybe its hidden?

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This is so aggravating. I always put off rebooting because my computer is busy with downloading or I'm playing a game or have a conversation or whatever. So I get home from work and then I try to reboot. I click on the shut down button and Windows goes away and then I see the normal update progress percentage. I walk away, thinking it's fine. But, now my computer won't boot.

Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key

The hardware is fine, I know it is. I have four hard disks in a RAID 10 configuration with an Intel controller built into my motherboard. My BIOS can recognize the disks and I can get into the RAID controller menu. What's strange is that, when trying to use a Windows Recovery Drive, none of the options can do anything (and my keyboard doesn't work on it for whatever reason), but if I click on 'System Image Recovery' and then 'Install a driver', the file explorer UI pops up and I can see all of my files there and I can even open txt files. I can even look at a lasagna recipe I saved 10 years ago in Notepad.

Through this, I tried to install the driver for my RAID controller, but it probably didn't do anything unless the array didn't work in this interface and required the driver. I wish the System Restore option worked, but it says, "To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore. Restart this computer, select an operating system, and the... Read more

A:RAID array won't boot after downloading Windows updates

Use the File Explorer UI and browse to C:\Windows\Minidump. If there are any .dmp files present, copy then to an external USB drive.

Use 7zip to zip them, then upload them here as an attachment.

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Well here is my problem. I am running a gigabyte k8ns ultra 939 with bio versions f8 the latest, with a amd 64 4000 and with 2 raptor drives and a 120 gb seagte sata drive. With a 6800 ultra 256mb with nv silencer. I have 1 gig of ocz 3200 dual channel platinum edition running in my system as of now. However i bought another gig dual channel kit it has the same cas latency settings of 2-3-2-5 the only difference between the one gig set of 2x 512 moduels is the housing one uses a more rescent housing set of heatsinks due to the fact this memory was bought 3 weeks ago adn my origional gig was bought back in April or so. Now the system runs smooth and perfectly but when i put in the gig of memory to increase to 2 gigs it shows up in bios no problem then it goes to deteting aray and detects my draid drives no problem it should go to the verifying dmi pool data then to xp boot screen but it stays at the detecting raid array instead of moving i have updated my bios and have the latest drivers i am unsure what the problem is. My manual states nothing about any problems when all four dimms are full just when 3 dimms are full it states it wont boot but since i am using all 4 dimms it should boot the mobo is capable of max of 4gigs of memory. If someone could please help me it would be much appreciated. If you need any more details feel free to email me, i really do no want to throw the other gig of memory away and stay with just 1 gig of memory.

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Please be patient! New to all of this!
Here's my scenario!

- I have a new PC.
- 4 GB RAM
- 2 500 Gb seperate hard drives.
- Vista 64.
- Apart general computer stuff, it's being set up for home recording studio.


-Even though I thought I had carefully researched my hardware requirements,e.g. a ESI 49+ USB keyboard controller, Sonar software, it appears that I have compatibilty problem with ESI keyboard controller. Even though I even contacted ESI, and they replied that there would be no problem with the keyboard controller. Well, they were wrong. And found out after that, they haven't and have no intention of developing 64 bit drivers. OK, will live with that!

Now I got suggested that perhaps a generic 64 USB driver may fix the problem,(Cypress Generic USB device), but unsure as to taking this path.

So to avoid any other hardware or software problem, the friend who built this system for me, decided that perhaps Dual Booting the system would be the way to go. Fine by me!

Now Vista 64 is already installed on one drive, the other drive is empty. He hasn't done a dual boot before so were both learning. So we installed XP disc, it allowed me to install on the empty drive, all good so far, copying files,etc. But then it needed to reboot, and then when back installing the XP software again! I understand now that there is a problem with Vista 64 being on there first, but is there a way to install XP?

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A:Dual Boot Vista 64 & XP Seperate Hard Drives

Hello Colyn Gypsy, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Check with this tutorial below, it can help guide you through installing XP to dual boot with Vista.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

Afterwards, while in Vista, you can change what OS you would like to have the computer to start by default. The tutorial below can help show you how to if needed.

Boot Partition - Default

Hope this helps,

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If I wanted to dual boot vista and xp, is this possible to do when installing them on two different hard drives?

I have an existing hard drive from an old pc that has xp on it, and i'm going to put it in my new machine. This will be using an IDE cable.

I am then going to add a SATA hard drive with Vista on. Is it possible to choose between the two for this as well or not?


A:Dual boot XP Vista on two seperate hard drives?

Yes, you can do this, but you must remember to install XP before Vista. To configure the bootloader you will find it easier if you use a program such as VistaBootPro or EasyBCD.

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I have been curios about Ubuntu and I want to dual boot it with vista but I noticed on their site they say it?s faster to place it on one of the low numbered cylinders. I want to know if it would make a noticeable difference if I placed it on my other hard drive. I have vista on a 160 GB hard drive and I have a 500 GB hard drive with about 170 GB of random junk on it. Is there any way I can put Ubuntu on the part of the 500 GB hard drive that is fastest without messing up the data that?s already on it or having to place all of that data on a separate hard drive? If it matters I have 64 bit vista and I plan to use 64 bit Ubuntu.

Thanks for any help!

A:How should I dual boot vista and linux with 2 hard drives?

Is this correct or would it replace all of the data? I did make a new 100gb partition in disk management. Sorry for the bad quality.
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Hello all,

I have a situation. I have recently had to take the plunge and purchase a new system. This new system came with Vista Home Premium. I attempted to dual boot, so that I could continue to use some of my other applications that are no compatible with Vista. I have created a partition, and selected the boot order CDROM before HDD so that I could setup XP on the new partition. However, the system seems to bypass the CD and boot straight into VISTA as if it didn't recognize the setup CD. The research I conducted strongly suggests that I may be experiencing an issue with the SATA controller drivers of my HDD. Unfortuantely, the XP setup never gets into the first screen, so I am unable to F6 at all. I read another article that suggested I might be able to create a streamlined SP2 setup disk with the Controller Drivers on it, but I need to find these SATA controller drivers first. I searched on SAMSUNG's website, I've searched the Internet, and I've searched here, obviously with no luck. I read on one of these forums that all SATA controller drivers are essentially identical. So I was wondering if anyone could direct me to where I might be able to acquire these drivers. Or, does anyone else have any other suggestions as to why I am unable to install XP as a dual boot with Vista? Every other article I have read seems to indicate this is a fairly simple process. I hate that I am having such a difficutl time. I would appreciate any assistance with t... Read more

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I have done this many times with XP Pro. Two entirely different hard drives.

Make a dynamic file by file copy of C to D, then configure the boot menu to boot to either one.

So, if C should die, boot to identical D. Has saved me and business clents many times.

But alas, whatever is used as bootini in Vista seems a bit more difficult.

If I have two identical hard drives with the same vista OS, how do I configure the bootini menu to boot to either one?

many thanks

A:Two Drives, dual boot Vista/Vista? bootmenu?

To configure bootmgr in Vista is command bcdedit (command bcdedit /? display all options of these command) but simply and better way is to use EasyBCD ->Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

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Hey everyone

Several hours ago I woke up, turned on my computer and to my horror, windows did not start regularly.

Instead I got this message on the black screen that appears before windows starts:

"Raid Array

Press F10 to enter raid setup utility"

I then get this message after several seconds of waiting:

"Boot from CD/DVD
Nvidia Boot Agent
Client Mac Address: (lots of numbers here)"
I read some stuff that I found by googling and I suspect that its related to my NIC, but I could be completely wrong here. Anyways I tried disabling it via the BIOS but I couldn't find it. What names can my NIC appear by in the BIOS list?
Or could it be something else?

I tried changing the boot order in BIOS so that the harddisc will be first in priority, but it didn't seem to help.

Please, any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm an animator and graphics designer and even though I have partial backups of my works, it would suck really bad to lose all of them. I only need windows to load up successfuly once, so that I'll be able to backup everything and then format it if needed.

My comp specs:

Windows XP pro
motherboard GIGA GA-K8NF-9
Processor AMD Athlon 64bit 3000 939
2 x 512/400 DDR RAM
Graphics Card AMD Xt PRO 1950

A:Windows won't load, nvidia boot agent & array raid fun

You are getting the msg because the array has problems and the system is attempting to boot from a network.

To fix, you need to first find out if one or more of your drives have failed. Download and run the drive maker's utility for checking drives.

I am guessing you are using raid0 and not 01, 5, 1, etc.

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Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
no cursor or anything, display is 1280x960 someone had suggested that already... Read more

A:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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Hi all. Up until recently I have been triple booting W7x64, Vistax64 and Linux Mintx64.
Windows 7 and Linux Mint are on one 1TB drive, with Mint occupying 2 partitions that come to about 50GB.
On the other 1TB drive is Vista and a couple of storage/backup partitions.

Up until recently I was able to choose any of the three at startup via GRUB. A recent re-install of W7 has knocked out GRUB so I can no longer access Linux Mint.
This is not particularly a problem as I mainly use W7 and Linux Mint was there as a safety precaution.
Now I am thinking that it is time to get rid of Vista as all I do is update it now and then.

What I'd like would be to preserve my current W7 install as my main OS and have that remain where it is. Wipe the Linux install on that disk
On my other 1TB drive I'd like to do a fresh install of Linux Mint and get rid of Vista.

So I would like a dual boot with W7 and Linux mint on two seperate drives.
The remainder of the Linux drive could be partitioned for storage and backup.
Would anybody be so kind as to list the processes I need to carry out to achieve this.
I've looked through tutorials and there doesn't seem to be one that covers my particular situation.
As I say GRUB has now disappeared so I have the Windows boot presenting me with W7 and Vista in that order at startup.

I attach a pic of disk management, as you can see Disk 0 is the Vista install plus two storage partitions. Disk 1 is a 500GB storage disk and Disk 2 has the Windows... Read more

A:Losing Vista, Dual boot W7 and Linux on seperate drives. Help Sought.

This should get you started. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DualBoot/Grub

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Hi Everybody,

First, I want to apologize for asking the following questions, because I realize their have been many posted questions similar to mine on these forums and elsewhere online. However, I've never done anything like this, and I want to make absolutely sure I know what I'm doing before I attempt it. I thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.

When my Dell pre-installed XP machine died a few months ago (expensive fan failure, so there's no HDD damage as far as I can tell), I purchased a new HP pre-installed Vista machine. Mainly I have quite a few files I'd like to get off the Dell and on to the HP, but ideally I'd like to dual-boot with both operating systems on the HP, keeping both OS on their respective drives.

1. I figure this probably isn't legal, but how much of a problem is that potentially? I have a valid 1-2 CPU license, and XP would only be used on one dual-core if I'm able to dual-boot.

2. My primary goal is to copy my XP files to the Vista HDD, whether I can dual-boot or not. How can I do this without buying extra accessories, and in such a way that I don't risk damage to any of my hardware?

3. Will it be possible to dual-boot, and if so, what order will I need to install the drives, what master/slave settings will I need to set, what BIOS settings will I need to set, and will I need to reinstall/restore either OS or reformat either drive? Also, will this dual-booting work with just OEM/restore discs, and will it work with two dif... Read more

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Hey all,

My PC has 3 hard drives in it.

The fist Drive is SATA 160gig and i put a fresh, legit install of VISTA Home Premium 32bit on there.

The second drive is a 120 gig SATA drive (used for Data) that was just used to store music, downloads, etc.

The third drive that I added was an IDE drive that I installed a full, legit copy of Win XP Professional 32bit on it. When I installed XP, I unplugged both other SATA drives to avoid any issues.

Once again, Vista was installed first. Then the IDE Drive was added, and XP was installed to the IDE Drive.

After XP was installed, I plugged the other SATA drives back in.

I would simply hit ESCAPE at bootup to select the drive I wanted according to the OS that was on it. Everything seemed fine.

I figured that having Each OS on a physically seperate drive would eliminate any problems....hah, read on...

Now, I use the 120 gig Data drive from XP and VISTA to store music, downlaods, etc. Vista and XP both saw this drive just fine. Vista called it d:, whereas XP called if F:, I believe)
For several days, everything was fine. Vista worked fine, and could read and write to the data drive. Xp worked fine and could read and write from the same data drive.

Now, out of the blue, whenever I try and access the shared Data drive, XP and Vista BOTH say "Disk structure is corrupted and unreadable."

It was fine earlier int he day, then I fired up XP, and found that I couldn't see the data drive - same for vista.

I had just i... Read more

A:Data Drive says Corrupt and Unreadable after Vista & XP Dual Boot (separate drives)

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I have 2 hard drives with windows system on them. One is windows media center/xp and the other is xp pro. As I start my pc it goes through the bios and then stops and I have 2 choices. Booting to the media center drive (rdisk 2)or the xp pro drive (rdisk 0). Both drives boot to their respective desktops, all is well. Btw i did install the systems when both drives where running.

My question; when I change my bios from first boot disk 0 to disk 2 (disk 1 is another storage logical drive) then save and exit it wont give me that choice anymore is shows a “NTLDR missing”. I go to bios configuration again and change back to the original first boot drive 0 and I can boot to either hard drive with no problems. Why this is so.

This is my boot.ini for both bootable drives:
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Thanks to all

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My SSD crashed, with the boot program on it. Can I get my HDD to boot  the comp? It's not partitioned for it. I have a 32 gb 3.0 flash drive. Running 8.1. Already tried to recover, and restore the ssd, partition isn't there. I think it's toast. 

A:Dual Hard Drives, SSD (Only boot Drive) Crashed, Can I get HDD to boot?

A couple more details. I'm hearing a beeping sound when I power up now. The ssd isn't even recognized when I scan the comp. If I use this comp, also a dell, and running 8.1 to load my flash drive with 8.1, will it boot my laptop, then can I set up my hdd to boot?

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I've got a computer with three physical hard drives. One is an old IDE drive that we use for a scatch disk for PhotoShop work. The other two are identical SATA drives in a mirrored RAID array, which is where the OS is supposed to be installed.

The computer was previously running Windows 2000, but I wanted to upgrade to XP and decided to do a fresh install this morning.

During setup, I did the F6 thing to install extra disk controllers. When I got to the setup screen to choose what drive/partition to install Windows on, the IDE drive *and* the RAID array showed up. The RAID array had several partitions, and I deleted a couple of them, including the system partition. In other words, I'm past the point of no return.

When I chose one of the partitions on the RAID array to install Windows onto, I got the following error message:

To install Windows XP on the partition you selected, Setup must write some startup files to the following disk:

58644 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR] (That's the IDE drive)

However, this disk does not contain a Windows XP-compatible partition.

To continue installing Windows XP, return to the partition selection screen and create a Windows XP-compatible partition on the disk above. If there is no free space on the disk, delete an existing partition, and then create a new one.Click to expand...

I don't care to have an extra partition on the IDE drive, and besides, I want to be able to boot without the IDE drive anyway.... Read more

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It sounds like my hdd is about to die and i wanted to create a raid array (using my mboards sata) by installing a new hdd to backup before i lose everything. Can I do this? will i lose everything on my existing hdd? What is the best option. I am running winxp pro

A:p4p800 sata raid array

If the drive is already failing, a RAID setup at this point would be a bad idea. Your first priority should be to backup all the important data you have.

Once you have done that, getting a replacement drive would be a good idea. and perhaps two discs for a mirrored array would be in order.

I do not know if the onboard raid controller for the P4P800 would let you take an existing drive and convert it to a mirror disk without losing any data, but it may be able to.

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I'm searched around for possible clues or solutions for what's going on with my system. No luck.

I have a win7 and xp dual boot. They had been working fine, until one day I couldn't get on XP anymore. It'd just freeze while loading, whether it is safe mode, normal, you name it.
I had to do a system restore on the Win7, because of a video card problem.. now I can't get on it either. It works 1 out of 50 times. After doing more and more restores and trying to go in safe mode etc etc..

All that aside, for some reason now I can't seem to boot anything out of my CD Drives. I switch up the order, have switched them, tried only one, switched IDE cables, they work on windows.. they just don't seem to boot anything. I've tried several self boots dics now. Nothing.
Any idea on how this issue? I certainly appreciate it.
Thank you.

A:CD Drives boot problems (win7/xp dual boot)


Have you tried a Startup Repair?


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Hi there all,

Currenlty got an issue where i have a user who wants to dual boot with Vista and XP using sata disks.

The general rule of thumb when doing dualbooting is to install the oldest operating system first, and then gradually work your way up.

The way it will be setup is as so

Vista - Primary partition of the 1st disk
XP - Primary partition of the 2nd disk.

Now, The way i was thinking of doing it was to install XP first, then install Vista, And modify the boot.ini to find the entry for XP.

The question i have is, Is there any difference in modification of the boot.ini file when using sata drives, and is there any difference when making mods in Vista (As i have only edited the boot.ini in XP)

Can someone please advise of the correct way to do this?

A:Dual booting Xp and Vista with SATA drives

Give this article a look see:

Dual-Booting Win XP and Vista – PC Magazine


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I'm just wondering... I'm setting up a server and planning on having either a RAID0 or a RAID5 array of SCSI disks.

I could potentially use a SCSI RAID1+0 setup for my backup needs, but I've been thinking along different lines. My system drive/array will be around 300 to 450GB in SCSI, and I'm planning on having a large capacity sata disk or two in RAID1 for data...

... while I know I probably can't use the same controllers, is there any cheap and easy way by which I could have the system drive (scsi striped array) mirrored to a dedicated sata drive for backup purposes, such that if I lose the whole striped array at some point, I'll still have a backup of the lost data with which to build a new array to replace it with?

A:Mirror SCSI RAID array to SATA disk?

The good thing about Raid 5 is if one disk starts to die it gives you warning and time to pull it out and rebuild it without missing a lick. If the controller goes you can replace it and your drives will still be fine.

Now if you want to back up your entire network to a SATA array then i would advise investigating Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010). Full backup to a disk array every day and incremementals every 15 minutes, then a tape backup to take to the bank on the weekend.

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Hello All

I have 2 500Gb SATA Seagate disks in a Raid 0 (stripe) configuration running VISTA. Was running like this for a while and then installed another 250Gb SATA Seagate drive.

My raid controller recognized this disk as a non-raid disk and I could see it was using port 2 on my raid controller (port 0 and 1 were being used by the 500Gb disks). I then preceeded to install XP on the non-raid disk (had to use F6 to install raid software while doing this install). Xp installed fine and I can access the RAID-0 disk while in XP. The problem is I cannot boot into VISTA again.

I tried playing with BOOT.ini but cant get it to recognise the RAID-0 disk as bootable. Please help!

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I have a Dell workstation with a 500-GB RAID 1 array, using Intel Matrix Manager and running XP Pro. I want to replace the two physical drives in that array with a pair of 1-GB drives. My current drives have three partitions; I'd like the new drives to have the same content in the same partitions, but to enlarge two of the partitions slightly and make the third partition at least 400 GB.

How do I go about this?

A:Switching a RAID array to larger drives

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I have just bought two brand new WD 500 GB RE4 HDD's and connected them coorectly for RAID 1.
I have changed the BIOS and Pressed Ctrl+F to create the RAID and this has been successful.
When installing Windows you obviously get to the aprt where you need to load the floppy drivers to locate the drives...

I have downloaded ever driver from the Gigabyte support drive and loaded them onto a USB, not one driver can be seen when the USB is "Browsed" too...

How important is it that the drivers are on a floppy, as I do not have a floppy drive or access to a floppy and drives.

Also what driver should be downloading as I tried the 3.2.1540.17 one and that was not seen, so I just downloaded them all in an attempt for success.

Any one with any advice its greatly welcomes thank you in advance

A:RAID 1 Gigabyte SATA Cannot find the array during Windows 7 install

Hi and welcome,

We need a bit more information about your hardware, especially the motherboard - there are many models of Gigabyte motherboard. Please follow the instructions in this tutorial to populate your profile with the relevant information, and I'll see what I can find for you:

System Info - See Your System Specs


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Hey dudes,

Hope someone could help please.

I have a revision 1.04 (1008 Bios) A7N8X Deluxe board and am getting a second SATA 37GB raptor.
i would like to raid these as Raid-0 (Striped) to boot XP pro.

Do i need a Raid Card or can this board do this? and are there any suprises i can expect?
(PS, This is just an OS drive so no backing up required)

Also XP is currently Raid 0+1 'ing 4 x WD2000JB's and was wondering what happens if i reinstall XP, does windows recognise these RAIDs automaticly or do i lose the DATA?

and finally, i bought (before i knew what i was doin....ish!!!) 2 x 512MB Corsair Extreme Paired XMS Lat3 Dimms for this system, there are rated upto PC4000. This mobo is only compatable upto PC3700. do the Dimms dumb down their speed to match the board or will i experience problems?

Thanks in advance for any and all your help in these questions.


XP Pro Corp
AMD Barton 3200+ 400FSB
Asus A7N8X Deluxe 1.04 (1008)
Cosair 1GB Paired XMS Extreme
2 x WD36GD Raptor (RAID-0 Hopefully)
4 x WD2000JB RAID 0+1
2 x WD1600JB RAID 1
DVD RAM, CD....Blah Blah Blah....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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I installed XP on a RAID 0 array but on attempt to boot into windows, it simply crashes. It flashes on a BSOD, but I can't read it in time.

MSI K9N4 SLI-F motherboard. http://msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=K9N4_SLI-F&class=mb
2 x SATA300 160GB WD Caviar SE HDDs

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: the BSoD stop code is 0x0000007b

A:SATA RAID 0 crash at boot.

check the following:
1. SATA drivers.
2. RAID drivers
3. BIOS edition

and lastly, yes new HD's can fail. RAID 0 as you know, provide no error correction or margin of safety for data.

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My machine has an SSD boot drive and 2 3TB HDDs for storage. The 3TB drives are (were) in a RAID 1 array (a software array, managed by Win7) to provide a redundant backup. I had a problem w/ the boot drive from another computer, so I temporarily disconnected 1 of the 3TB drives so I could hook up the suspect drive.

I rebooted w/ the suspect drive (which didn't work), shut the computer down, and reconnected the 3TB drive. Now when I go into Disk Management to rebuild/resync the array, all of the options that I think I need to use are grayed out.

So how do I get this back together?? Both drives still have nearly identical data on them, so I thought it would just be a matter of resyncing them.

A:Solved: How to rebuild RAID 1 array after temporary disconnecting of 1 of drives?

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Hi, I'm wondering if anyone can shed light on this issue:

The system has 2x 1Tb drives to create the C: system drive and 2x 3Tb drives to create the D: storage drive (both RAID 0) running Windows 7.

I installed a SSD drive to the computer as well as a hot-swap caddy, but to get enough SATA ports I had to move the 2x 3Tb drives to the caddy.

After this was done, the computer was started up and showed the C: and D: intact, I then used the provided software to install the SSD drive and called it E:

Finally, a fresh install of Windows 7 was put on the SSD.

Now somehow the RAID 0 array was upset. The disk management shows and Unknown drive that adds up to 6Tb, asking me to initialise it. The D: drive does not appear in My Computer. When I run the Intel Disk Management software, I could see another Unknown Disk with 0Gb which is now pairing with one of the 3Tb drives.

The entire system has been put back to the way it started to the best of my knowledge, with all the drives attached to the original SATA ports, the SSD and the other version of Windows removed, but the strange 0Gb drive remains.

Does anyone have any solutions? I have included a screenshot of the drives.
Thanks, Michael

A:Raid 0 Array failure - one of the drives is pairing with an unknown drive

You generally can't move RAID drives around if you wish to keep your data. They should also stay connected to the same SATA ports and in the same order. You may have the ports for the two 3TB drives reversed or on the wrong ports. You may have better luck determining which drive is the problem by using the pre-OS Intel RST RAID utility; it may tell you which drive is not being detected correctly. Also, bypass the hot swap caddies in case they are part of the problem.

I also concerned that you said to get enough ports you had to move the drives to a caddy, this caddy doesn't have it's own controller with a SATA multiplier does it? If so that's a huge mistake.

I hope you are of the significantly higher chance of unrecoverable data loss when running RAID-0.

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