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Challenge changing from RAID 0 back to single drive

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Mr Davo, Aug 5, 2010.

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  1. Mr Davo

    Mr Davo Thread Starter

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    Hi Everyone,

    I have been having a challenge with changing from RAID 0 to a single drive, whilst retaining the data from the RAID array.

    To date I have performed the following:

    1). Partitioned the single drive so that it closely matches the partitions on the RAID array.

    2). Used XXClone to "clone" the contents of each partition on the RAID array to corresponding partitions on the single drive.

    I have two partitions, one for the operating system (Win 7) and programs and the other for data.

    All appears to be good on the single drive when I boot up from the RAID array and then look at files in Windows Explorer.

    However when I remove the RAID array (and set the BIOS to non-raid) I cannot seem to boot from the single drive.

    Windows 7 is presenting the following error:

    Status: 0xc000000e

    Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

    I have booted from the Windows 7 install DVD and selected the "Repair" option. From there I have...

    1). Selected "Startup Repair"

    *** Couldn't do it!

    2). Gone to a prompt and issued the "x:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 all" command

    *** Rebooted - no improvement

    3). Gone to a prompt and issued different flavours of the "bootrec" command

    *** Rebooted - no improvement

    I notice at the System Recovery Options screen that Win 7 is listed as the OS, the partition size is given as 0, and the Location is given as (Unknown) "local disk"!'

    Basically the "Repair" options cannot find the installation...

    Can anybody offer advice on how I can go about getting my single drive to boot?

    I have Googled this, and it would seem that most people can't get past this speed hump.

    I have considered creating a system image, but I figure that I may just end up in the same predicament because the hardware configuration is being changed.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Kind Regards,

    Davo
     
  2. johnebadbak

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    have you entered bios setup and switched off the raid stuff
     
  3. Mr Davo

    Mr Davo Thread Starter

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    Yes, I have entered BIOS and turned off RAID. I think that the boot files recognize that a hardware change has occurred, and as a result I am unable to boot from the single drive. I have Googled this extensively and I am not convinced that a work around exists. I will probably just end up reinstalling the O/S.
     
  4. johnebadbak

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    I have found the bootmgr.exe (boot loader) in windows directory I have read that it requires a program called..
    BCDEdit.exe to access the bootloader
    yeah might be just as quick to reinstall win7on that hdd..
     
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