Raid Bios problem

Gigabyte / P35c-ds3r
June 29, 2010 at 06:26:37
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 3 GHz / 3582 MB

My brother has a Dell machine (not sure which one but will post spec at a later time)

He had a few viruses on his machine and he wanted me to remove them for him. I took his drives out of his machine and plugged each one into my machine (which i use purely for this purpose). I have on this machine the following installed

AVG full version
ZoneAlarm Full version
Spybot S&D

I ran each of these tools on each drive and found a few viruses/trojans and cleaned them up.

i then returned the harddrives into his machine (in the next room) and when i boot up the computer i get a screen which displays all of the SATA devices i have installed in the machine ie: dvd drive, dvd drive, HD1, HD2

But under each HD i get a message similar too "device is controlled by a raid bios" and the screen just sits there and nothing else happens.

i tried to enter BIOS by fitting F2 - it says "entering setup" but then goes to the above screen instead.

Any ideas what i have done? i have tried to boot each drive seperately, i have also changed over that SATA cables. im not sure what to do next.

Seeing as i cannot get into BIOS should i clear the CMOS??

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.


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June 29, 2010 at 06:54:36
did you put the drives back exactly where they were before?
were the drives mirrored?

Do a repair install of xp.

BTW I would advise you use a boot cd with the programs on it instead of removing drives from a system.

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June 29, 2010 at 07:13:24
Hi wanderer thank you for your input, i put the drives back where they were, i also tried to swap them around but it didnt work.

i am not sure if the drives were mirrored, it was exactly has when we bought it from dell ie whatever they usually do its exactly like that, we have not formatted the drives since we bought it.

The OS infact is Vista Home and i havent yet done a repair install, however, i will prob format the disk if i need to reinstall or repair install windows.

why would you not remove drives from a machine? i often remove drives from a machine and install them in my machine to repair them, and this is the first instance where iv had a problem. i am not arguing with you, rather i would like to understand your thoughts and hopefully learn something from my mistakes.

thanks for you help...

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June 29, 2010 at 13:10:27
There may be also a raid bios that you would have to enter. Not sure why it has been changed, maybe how you worked on it but unknown.

I have never had much luck removing virus and malware. Consider clean install and use as many best practices as you can to avoid them in the future.

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June 30, 2010 at 13:04:11
by removing the drives you can run into the following issues;

ide/sata controllers not seeing the drive exactly the same. You correct the errors but this causes errors when back on the original hardware.

you can infect your host pc from an infected drive.

in removing hardware you risk damaging that hardware.

virus's, especially now, are multiwarheads containing hacker tooks/rootkits that are not easily detected or removed.

Better to get backup data and do a new install by wiping the disk

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