cannot access main drive only back up drive
Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:10 PM
Seems you are reaching the boot loader.
If I try to load with my main drive it gets as far as asking for password - this I don't have as I chose not to use one. I also tried just hitting the enter key but this failed as well. It does momentarily flash with - 'loading settings' - 'saving settings' then defaults back to asking for password.
This is telling us you have an Unmountable Volume. Windows' System is not available.
If you prompt to load from the CD drive when you are in the screen asking you where you want to load from and have the windows disc installed, it will then start to load windows, it will get so far and then ask you if you want to install or press 'r' for repair. It runs and then ends up at the C prompt asking you to type 'exit' to exit the load programme.
How is this possible if you are unable to boot?
I have just been looking in the logs in admin tools, event viewer, system and a repeating error (always in batches of 3) states the following:
The following bootstart or system start driver failed to load. SD Manager.
Boot with the CD. At the C: prompt type the following and press Enter:
Let us know the outcome.
Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:24 PM
Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:54 PM
I am not familiar with Acronis. If you wish to restore your backups, then the issue is different. I will have someone with knowledge n Acronis to help you, but as far as the drive with problems, if running CHKDSK does not resolve the problem, only a re-format is your way out. If both drives are in the computer, you may be able to see each. Backing up your documents, then restoring, or using the sick drive as a backup after a re-format is what is called for, if possible.
I have two sets of drives. Main drive which is the one playing up and my back up which is as it says. I am presently running on my back up drive and now I come to think of it - if I go into Admin and look at the event viewer I am viewing events for the back up drive not both (I presume). Sorry! I do have Acronis on my system and have tried to get it to do a recovery but it defaults from running as soon as you specify the main drive.
Someone will return to assist you.
Posted 07 September 2009 - 02:52 PM
Posted 07 September 2009 - 02:55 PM
Posted 07 September 2009 - 04:56 PM
If it does, check the boot.ini file to see what's specified for boot up. You might copy and paste the boot.ini file here so we can look at it... if you can get to it.
Posted 07 September 2009 - 07:42 PM
What type of raid do you have set up...or did you have set up? Was it a concatenated array (spanned or jbod) or a striped array such as RAID0?
Posted 08 September 2009 - 03:41 AM
Have you tried a linux boot disc to try and access the files?
Posted 08 September 2009 - 09:51 AM
Posted 08 September 2009 - 09:52 AM
Posted 08 September 2009 - 09:59 AM
If I go into computer management, highlight the drive - right click the explore option is not available only Change Drive Ltr, Format, Delete, Properties.
Posted 08 September 2009 - 12:09 PM
Posted 08 September 2009 - 01:16 PM
You might be out of luck. Raid 0 has no redundancy, therefore after the data is striped, if one disk fails, then more than likely you end up losing all your data. I'm not that versed in raid and truth be told, I don't use it just for the reasons you're experiencing... not to mention the loss of disk space just for using it.
To the second question, the discs are set up in raido striped.
Hopefully someone with more experience with raid can help with recovering your data as I can no longer offer any help in this effort.
If you ever get out of this, and I hope you do, I strongly suggest you never set up a raid array again. Just my personal opinion, so take it with a grain of salt.
Posted 08 September 2009 - 07:53 PM
Knoppix is what I would call a linux boot disc.
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