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June 28, 2009 at 14:07:10
Specs: Windows XP, c2d e6750, 2 gb
I am having the one of the worst pc problem i have faced.....
It all started with my pc restarting(it was a power failure) to show boot device failure, insert system disk, i tried everything, from unplugging usb devices to re inserting sata cables but to no avail, now when i try to reinstall windows the setup recognizes all my partitions but refuses to install into any of them, ubuntu only recognizes one of my hard disk and partition( i have 1 big 500 g hdd as 1 part, and 2 250 g hdds in raid 0). I tried booting from my bart pe created windows live cds but they dont detect any partitions what so ever, windows 7 dvd's repair utility can access my file structure when i browse for drivers, but it wont repair the problem, nor will it install.
Please Help!

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#1
June 28, 2009 at 14:34:02
Do you want to reformat the whole lot? How about connecting only one HDD at a time, then booting off the HDD manufacturer's software & using it to remove/create partitions & reformat? Or you could use the ultimate boot CD instead & run one of it's various utilities? It also contains most of the HDD manufacturer's programs.

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/


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#2
June 28, 2009 at 14:37:27
Why would you attempt to use a Windows7 disk to repair a computer running WinXP & Linux?

Are you trying to install to the RAID 0 array? Doesn't sound like you have the drives configured correctly for the RAID array. You also need to supply both SATA and RAID drivers at the beginning of the installation when you see the message to install any third party drivers hit F6 now.


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#3
June 28, 2009 at 15:39:09
no i have already 2 disks running in raid 0, they have windows xp and windows 7 installed in them, i have another 500 gb disk full of data, i do NOT want to format, i haven't backed up my data, and i really need it. i have tried UBCD, but it does not recognize my raid array. This problem is making me mad, how do i solve it?

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#4
June 28, 2009 at 16:55:54
Have you tried using the recovery console in WinXP?

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#5
June 29, 2009 at 03:36:23
yeah, when i try diskaprt, i see only a 500 g disk with zero disk space and option to delete it, i tried fixboot and fixmbr but no help.

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#6
June 29, 2009 at 06:41:01
What drives show in the POST screens at start up? Do you see a RAID array at that time?

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#7
June 29, 2009 at 06:44:53
I don't know how many times it's been mentioned that RAID-0 should be avoided. Your important data *should* be on the 500GB drive, not on the array.

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#8
June 29, 2009 at 06:47:30
jam, the OP stated their data is on the 500GB drive. See #3.

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#9
June 29, 2009 at 07:32:21
yeah i get nvidia's raid utility showing 465 g healthy striped, and i have all my stuff installed on raid 0 and sum imp data, i ut there as my 500g was full.
this is what i did, i connected another 250g hdd with winxp on it and let it boot, i booted into winxp and cud see my partitions intact, but how do i get my original os to boot, is there anything i can do?,

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#10
June 29, 2009 at 07:45:09
Windows 7 is not ready for prime time yet and besides you should never install TWO operating systems on one partition/array.

Which OS are programs installed to?

You may be able to recover some personal data by using recovery programs or a live version of Linux, like Knoppix.

As far as the 500GB drive goes Microsoft states that defrag will not even start with less than 15% free space. You should not have placed too much data on there.

Maybe your easiest solution is to install WinXP to the 250GB and then use Winxp to access the RAID array to recover personal data. Then worry about fixing the RAID 0 array.

As jam mentioned not many of us here are booster of RAID 0. More trouble than it is worth. Maybe you should think about using the disks separately with OS on one and programs on the other.

I don't suppose you maintain any images/backups?

You know there is an addage that goes to say "it is not if your hard drive/s fail but when. Also need to worry about OS going South or catching a nasty. All those issues can be countered with backups.


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