Windows 7 black screen at startup (Post 2)

September 1, 2012 at 08:42:01
Specs: Windows 7, a lot
After having an issue starting up with a BSOD, I got around that, but now facing a black screen on startup, only showing a mouse cursor (which moves), and nothing else. CTR-ALT-DEL does not react.

The problem then becomes bigger; ALL Safe Mode's do the same.

In addition, when I startup with my Windows disk (a legal copy) it says me it cannot start up because the system is bad. This behaviour was already present when I had the BSOD issue.

I found out that I CAN startup a re-installation from within the BIOS, where for some reason, when it starts up the same Windows disk, it just continues to install.

So, I know a way of re-installing the system, but I would like to get into the system some way or another. I have only 1 disk, well, actually 2 disks in striping RAID, and there's some data on the disk I would like to recover.

My backup plan there is to add another disk, make that disk bootable (whatever OS), and restore the data on the RAID disks.
That, or starting up with some Linux bootable disk (which I made for my previous computer, running XP), but then I fear not to be able to reach the disks (knowing how much Linux likes NTFS disks).

But, my question here, how can I get around the back screen ?

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September 1, 2012 at 09:06:03
My guess would be your RAID 0 (striping) has been broken for some reason. If that is the case then there probably is no data recovery possible. This is why you should NOT use RAID 0.

You can Google the term "how to recover data from a RAID 0 array". If the drives are physically OK but the array is broken for some reason it MAY be possible to reconstruct the array. If one of the disks has failed then there is no hope of any recovery.

If the issues is simply Windows related then a live version of Linux can help with file recovery.

When you boot to the BIOS screens do the drives show up showing the entire capacity of both?

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