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Boot-up problem with RAID Config.


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Hi,

I am working on a friends DELL XPS 600(desktop, not laptop). It was originally setup with a RAID 1 configuration (2 HDDs). The original problem was that on startup it would give an error saying Windows could not start because c:\windows\system32\config\system is corrupted or missing. I was unable to get into recovery console or to boot with any of the safe modes. I thought about using a live cd but i do not have one and everytime i try to make a Bart PE Live CD i always get errors (possibly because i am trying to use the OS cd that dell ships with their computers). I have instructions for recovering from a corrupted registry, and have successfully followed them before, but they require recovery console access.

I did find out that in the bios i can change the SATA HDD setting from RAID ON to just ON and can boot into windows and do everything i need from there. Once that change has been made i can get into recovery console and everything else. This leads me to believe that there is a problem with the raid controller. I reset the bios config for SATA HDD to RAID ON and hit CTRL+N to enter the RAID CONTROLLER SETUP. It shows the mirrored RAID1 config but gives a status of simply ERROR(no details or explanation, just ERROR). If i let the computer try to boot it will say REBUILD RAID1 MIRRORED <Drive size> and then shortly after go to the windows could not load because of corrupted or missing \system32\config\system message...

Would anyone have any idea how i can restore this raid config without having to do a complete reformat? My friend is very much against reformatting the drives if we can find a way to work around it...

Thanks for your time!
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never mind. Friend decided that he just wanted to use the second HDD as extra space.
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thanks for letting us know...
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