ok....well after a few frustrating hours...I have successfully imaged the original non-RAID OS partition onto my RAID0 using ShadowProtect, and got the expected reboot when getting to the XP screen, so attempted to boot off the XP install CD and do a repair, but of course it couldnt see my lovely new RAID0, and required the drivers from a floppy drive, which I dont have. I tried creating a custom install CD using nLite which included the drivers, but it threw too many errors, so I have given up, and have taken the plung to install Win 7 Ultimate 64bit.
I'm a Microsoft partner, so may aswell use the free copy I get. I use the 32bit version on my laptop and its been going great.
Least this way I can start fresh and enjoy my 8gb of RAM on order, and DirectX 11 finally. Probably for the best...except of course spending hours now reinstalling all my massive games
Thanks heaps for your help Saint, I'm sure if you were in the room here it would be fixed already lol
You're a champion