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I have an ALienware Area 51 7700 with two Seagate 100Gb 2.5" IDE's in an ATA-RAID (striping)
I get INVALID BOOT.INI.....Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: c:\windows\system32\config\system.
I know that means my registry is f^&*ked up, so I ran the recovery console off the WindowsXP CD (I reinstalled the Promise FastTrack 100 driver
for the RAID controler before getting into the console) and I tried the process described in the Microsoft knowledge base, article 307545
but when i try to make the new directory tmp I get Access Denied. When I try dir on C:/ I get:
Directory of C:\
There is no floppy disk or CD in the drive
I tried setup instead of recovery console and the Windows installation doesn't recognize any partitions. I checked the status of the array on the
Array No RAID Mode Total Drv Capacity(MB) Status
Array 1 Stripe 2 200060 Functional
I can't boot in safe mode, last known configuration, safe mode with command prompt....I can't boot Windows at all.
Right now I'm using Knoppix in an attempt to either change the registry from there, or salvage what I can and put it on an external hard disk, and then
restore the computer.The problem is I'm trying to mount my NTFS Windows partition in Knoppix so I can get to it, but I don't know how to mount an
already existing, BIOS-configured ATA-RAID in linux. Do you know how I might do that? Or, if you know any other way I could fix this problem, while keeping
my data, that would be appreciated.
I ran RAID 0 on a desktop, my idea, for several years before I realized that if either drive failed, then all -- not half -- my data was lost. I broke the array down almost immediately. Had to buy a new 160 to have room, but it was worth it -- one of the original 40's that comprised the array has since failed.
Perhaps you should consider running your drive as separate drives.
I have the exact same problem on my windows xp home system running a raid 0 array. While I am proficient in Windows, I have never used linux and am a bit confused by the .iso files. When I click to download the Gen2dmraid live cd, I get a bunch of garbage mixed with text. Do you still have a copy of the cd/dvd you used to fix your system? Is it possible to share? Being confused by Linux, my panacea would be to throw a cd/dvd in the drive, fire it up and click fix (or at least follow just a few instructions). My sense from visiting the boards is there are a zillion other folks out there like me who have lost all data foolishly using a ntfs raid 0 setup on windows xp).
Googled that and ATA RAID Promise linux......found this:
...downloaded the Gen2dmraid live cd
and then mounted just fine.
This thread was very helpful:
Last edited by chinahutch; 05-20-2006 at 06:44 AM.
[QUOTE=chinahutch]I have the exact same problem on my windows xp home system running a raid 0 array. While I am proficient in Windows, I have never used linux and am a bit confused by the .iso files. When I click to download the Gen2dmraid live cd, I get a bunch of garbage mixed with text. Do you still have a copy of the cd/dvd you used to fix your system? Is it possible to share? Being confused by Linux, my panacea would be to throw a cd/dvd in the drive, fire it up and click fix (or at least follow just a few instructions). My sense from visiting the boards is there are a zillion other folks out there like me who have lost all data foolishly using a ntfs raid 0 setup on windows xp).
Looks like there was an easy fix after all. By the grace of God, I came across a post on another page that mentioned having to manually load the windows xp raid controllers in order to properly access the drive in recovery console (press F6 during windows load from the cd and install the fasttrak promise driver from a floppy disk). Once finished, choose R for recovery console, chkdsk /r and reboot. It worked great. Turns out there was a cd to through in the drive, follow a few instructions and click fix - the windows XP CD - it was fun to learn linux, but I will be glad to leave it behind for now - thanks.