Posted 15 September 2011 - 05:18 PM
I am having problems with my Windows XP Pro SP3 desktop system.
Originally, my C: drive consisted of 2 500-Gb WD drives in a RAID 1 array. Last year one of these failed and was replaced with a 750-Gb WD drive, remirrored and all was fine. Yes, I know that 250 Gb of the new drive is unusable in this config.
Today I received an error message from the RAID drivers after rebooting, indicating a problem with the RAID array and asking me to either resynch or boot normally. When I tried to resynch I got an error message saying it failed. When I tried to continue the boot I just got a blank screen -- it never even began loading Windows.
To get around this I destroyed the RAID array and was able to boot without problems. The only thing is, I now had both a C: drive and an E: drive. In disk management both disks show up as healthy.
The C: drive has a main partition of 465.75 Gb, which holds the page file, plus an unallocated space of 232.88 Gb.
The E: drive has a single 465.75 Gb partition and is the system disk.
I ran the error checking utility (Properties | Tools | Error-checking) for each drive and the E: drive came back with a bunch of errors. The C: drive was clean and the system then booted normally.
It seems to me that the E: drive is beginning to fail and is the source of my problems. So here are my questions:
1. How can I convert my C: drive to being the system disk. I would like to swap out the E: drive.
2. How can I determine the integrity of my data? (The E: drive has fewer folders and files, but the ones there seem to be intact)
3. If I install new software, e.g. for folder comparison, does it update the registry on E:?
Thank you in advance for your help.