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Win 7 on RAID 0 wont boot after system crash

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March 19, 2010 9:55:37 PM

Phenom II x4 955
G Skill 4GB 1600 77724
Gigabyte MA790FXT
ATI 5850
2x WD Black 500 GB HD in RAID 0 on-board southbridge (AMD, not Gigabyte) RAID Controller


Ok so about two days ago I lost power with my system on. So of course I think ah crap, my data is toast. Restart the computer later
and it works fine, play some games, do some NWN II building, no problems.

Then last night I was playing IL-2 Sturmovik, great game especially with ultr@pack 2.0n, and my computer crashes to a BSOD. Now I think I was playing IL-2 when I lost power as well, don't remember for certain though.

So again I restart the computer. It goes thru post fine, RAID initializes, then when it is supposed to boot, it just sits there, cursor blinking. Won't boot from the RAID. I can boot from CD, I can boot from my old hard drive into Win XP, but nothing from my RAID.

So I try the Win 7 repair disk I made, install the RAID drivers. My RAID is detected. I tell the repairer to fix issues that are stopping win 7 from booting. Win 7 repairer says there are no problems. So I restart the computer, same problem...

The only solution I can think of is trying to restore an older image, but that would result in data lose.

Anyone know of a way to make it so Win 7 will boot again?
March 19, 2010 10:27:40 PM

I went into the RAID configuration and it said that the array was functional. Whats the deal? Can someone help me?
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March 19, 2010 10:48:54 PM

Raid Verify?
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March 19, 2010 10:50:03 PM

if you boot into the raid manager before windows. there should be a verify/repair
but with raid 0 there are no promises. striping has zero fault tolerance.
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March 19, 2010 11:11:14 PM

I entered my RAID Option program after post. I dont see an option called verify or repair. This is what I see:

1: View Drive Assignments
2: Define LD
3: Delete LD
4: Controller configuration

Nothing in any sub-menus about repairing either.
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March 19, 2010 11:56:43 PM

My array seems fine. I have Win XP on another HD running. I installed the RAID drivers and I can access my RAID. I've started backing up files from my RAID.

I just don't understand why Windows 7 will not boot.
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March 20, 2010 12:22:53 AM

Well, looks like I stumped Toms Hardware.
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March 20, 2010 12:39:43 AM

So I backed up the data I could from Win XP. I'm re-imaging my RAID now. Back-ups are important!

In any event, thanks for the suggestions jbrealey!
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