I will try to be as concise as possible. 2 years ago I upgraded my gaming system and put in 2 10k Raptors and had them in a RAID array to appear as one drive. The old hard drive with everything on it was left in just as extra storage should I ever need it.
Fast forward to Friday. I was out of town for a week and had turned the computer off. (usually leave it running). I turned it on and it booted into Windows. Then everything froze and the HDD light was running. After a couple of minutes of this, I got irritated since even CTRL/ALT/DEL did nothing and killed the power. (I know..)
I turned the machine back on and it wouldn't boot. It told me to use the install DVD to fix the error. I tried to do this and it told me it couldn't automatically fix the computer. Looking at the diagnostic report, it said "missing OS loader." I tried to restore from a system restore point. It found only one, so I used it. It turns out it was the Windows on the original hard drive that hadn't been used for 2 years. I was able to boot into Windows off of that disk. I have tried to get the other to work. I used EZBCD (sp?) and tried to rebuild the MBR (this is getting to the limits of my computer knowledge), I replaced winload.exe and then it told me hal.dll was missing. Addressed that and it told me kdcom.dll was missing. I have tried F8 and done last known good configuration
That is where I am at this point. I don't know what I could have done to make all this happen. I know the drive is still funtional since as a RAID, it would either work or not. I can browse to Diablo 3 and even though it isn't installed in the version of Windows I'm using, I can play it off of the RAID drive and access other stuff, such as documents.
It sounds like I'm going to have to just do a reinstall on the RAID drive of Windows unless someone can help. So I have a couple of questions. Do I save the stuff I want off of this drive, format it in the functional copy of Windows and then reinstall Windows on it? Is it recommended to get the RAID array taken off and just have 2 sep. hard drives?
What is the best way to back stuff up and restore it. Even if I could get that version of windows to boot once and do a system image or backup it would be better than having to try and manually move everything. I may have to take it to a shop to get this done.
Please give me any thoughts or suggestions. I'd love to boot into my newer Windows and keep rolling but it sounds like that might not be the best. If I do have to reinstall, what is the best way to transfer over the data. I know I can manually move the photos but how do I move emails, Itunes stuff (I know I can redownload anything, but have an ass of apps and would rather not.) I have been trying to fix this for hours and hours and am quite frustrated.
I have not used the Bootrec option someone mentioned here: