Posted 12 July 2011 - 07:29 PM
Romeo, thank you for taking the time to help me on this issue. I did what you suggested but unfortunately it didn't work. In my BIOS I disabled the RAID controller but then it wouldn't do anything, including boot from the Windows 7 CD. And yes, I set the CD ROM as boot device 1. So I had to go back in to BIOS and enable the RAID controller. I then booted of the CD and ran the startup repair. I don't know if all Windows 7 versions have the startup repair option, but I actually ran that a couple times without booting off the CD. Anyway, I ran it and got the exact same result as the other times, unable to repair. I had also tried to do a system restore from the startup repair, which also failed. Then I noticed it was possible to restore the system image, which I had from just a little over a month ago on an external HD. Man I thought sure that was going to do the trick but that failed also! I just can't believe this thing was running perfectly until I switched the settings in the RAID, and now I can't change anything back.
Like I said originally, all I did was hooked up the secondary HD, and since it wasn't recognized in Windows I opened the RAID setup (BIG mistake) and added it. Hasn't booted since.
Now I can plug in the second HD, open the RAID setup and it's not even shown in there, so I can't figure out how to reverse what I have done. I can see the second HD in BIOS, but not in the RAID setup. Man this is frustrating.
Oh, one more thing. I dug through the results that came from the attempt to repair, and it seems to me that it is looking for D:/WINDOWS to boot. That makes no sense to me because my original HD has always been C:, and it had never been partitioned. It should be looking to C:/WINDOWS. I have long ago unplugged the second HD so it's not looking for that.
I am more familiar with the XP recovery console than 7, but is there a way I can get into (or does 7 even have) recovery console and do a FIXBOOT or something? Also, when the repair was running it did a diskcheck and all was fine. I also ran the diskcheck in the diagnostics and again it was fine. I just need to get this boot thing straightened out! AAARRRRRGGHH.