So the other day, my computer starts going crazy and telling me these .dlls are missing and what not. Of course, I overreact and immediately decide to reinstall windows. Having never done this before, I didn't properly prepare myself by make an image, I just backed up my system onto my external hard drive. I made the recovery disks, accidentally deleted my raid setup, and started my fresh new windows. I then look at my computer and see that only one of my two 160 gb hdds that were formerly in raid 0 is showing. I open the intel matrix storage console and see that both drives are there. I open up the device manager and see that the one drive is healthy while the other one is not allocated (they used a term that escapes me at the moment, perhaps unattributed?). I then go back to imsc and set up raid 0, but i still only have 150 gbs of space and the device manager lists them in the same state. I then proceed to mess around with diskpart (again, i'm an idiot and didn't really prepare) and decide to convert the disks to dynamic so I can extend the first disk into the second, in hopes of solving the missing storage problem. However, the computer says I can't do this because it's already basic or something. I assume that this is a problem with my deleting the raid in the system recovery disk, so I shut down and try to do another reinstall. Now, however, when the recovery begins to load, it says "The recovery process was cancelled." I then have the option to restart and not reinstall or try again. When I try again, the message reappears. When I start up normally, the computer goes into an infinite restart loop when it reaches the Windows loading bar screen.
Little bits of info:
I'm using a Sony Vaio RC210G, so I'm using Sony Recovery Disks
When I searched the "Recovery process was cancelled" message on google, only one result appears, and it doesn't apply.
I don't have xp install disks, just the recovery ones.
I don't have a floppy drive.
Ah, I get what you're saying. Unfortunately, I can't even get to the menu that lets you select that. I put the disk in, it says Vaio recovery starting up, the screen goes blue, then the message appears.
New lead: I tried gparted but it doesn't boot. I know I made it correctly because it worked on my laptop, and I have usb boot enabled in the bios, so that's not the problem. However, I tried all the function keys and when I did f5, it took me to the advanced options menu. From there, I told it not to reboot on system failure and I get a blue screen with stop code: 0x0000007b (0xBACC3524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000). From what I've read, that indicates that my hdd wasn't configured properly, which makes sense. So how do I fix that without being able to get into windows and without buying a new drive?