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Edited by MarkGS, 04 June 2011 - 09:27 PM.
Posted 04 June 2011 - 10:35 PM
You sir are fantastic. I would rather not go through all of the BIOS things, and I am definitely not taking the desktop to a shop especially being I'm a couple hours away from town. I would not mind at all going through the boot disc though and taking a small amount of data and then make a new windows install.
Now that bothers me. I saw you think they are both 500Gb drives and since it was a custom built computer I am afraid it may be set up in RAID. Check this out for clarification on RAID ( It explains it better than I could) http://www.hirensbootcd.org/what-is-raid/
If the PC is setup in RAID depending on the array data recovery isn't going to be plausible. I would suggest poking through you BIOS (not changing anything) and see if you can find anything to do with Raid being enabled. I would give you a step by step but each BIOS is different depending on the motherboard. Maybe taking it to a local repair shop like Geek Squad and just asking them if they could tell you if it's in RAID or not. If you can't find it in the BIOS or aren't confident in looking I highly suggest just having them peek at it. The reason this is so important is when an array is broke it can't be re assembled without having both drives wiped clean and losing all the DATA.
Ultimate boot disc? This may be usable but is it like hirens boot cd? http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/ has multiple HDD diagnostic tools as well as recovery tools that may be of use to you. Using a windows PE environment (on the disc) would allow you to transfer you DATA to a thumb drive or external drive. Now that is another ball game if you have any questions concerning the boot CD you can view the link I posted; there is a tutorial section, but I can also answer any questions.
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