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Boot from Raid 1

By igeorge
Apr 12, 2009
  1. I have a computer whic initialy booted from C: . Then it crashed and

    i installed Win XP pro on D:. Later i added a Raid 1 and installed on

    it XP pro again- the letter is H. Under computer, manage, disk

    management i have c: = Boot, D = System and H is just healty with no

    status. The boot.ini and ntldr are on drive D only.
    I WISH that i can make H the boot , because it is a raid 1 , then

    later on i will remove the disk 1 which is C and D.
    The raid is Sata , and the old C&D is IDE 3 yaers old.
    An Interesting question is also , is that i believe the Raid or H or

    the two hard drives , do not have a boot sector on them.
    On the recovery console i tried to fix the MBR, and the only one

    listed was for disk one C&D, and disk two was not there.
    I have too much on the H to reinstall windows again and then to make

    a raid by adding an extra disk.

    Boot.ini:
    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP

    Professional Drive H" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP

    Professional Drive D" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
    Can you help please ?
    Thank you
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,320   +618

  3. igeorge

    igeorge TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you very much.
    My primary goal to achieve is to put somehow the operating system in a raid 1 configuration , to avoid loading all the programs again in case of failuyre... get software, license ... and the rest.
    Maybe the way i am now it is in the end a good solution. I will read more.
    Can you suggest ?
    Thank you
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,320   +618

    recovery from total system failure is an easily misunderstood issue.

    many naively believe that ANY backup will protect them -- not so :(

    I'll refer you first to this: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic54667.html#2

    Secondly, a Raid-1 is NOT a substitute for backup -- it only replicates what's present,
    both good, corrupt, and even what is missing!

    Raid-1 is intended for server systems (not home users) to avoid a lost of the server
    upon a HD failure. This gives service to users while the mirror is replaced.

    Forget those onboard raid controllers, they just don't cover the bases.
    A real Raid-1 is via a PCI SCSI card where the operation is no performed by the
    operating system, but rather by the SCSI controller. In addition, you get true
    hot-swap capability (if you choose well) which can never be performed by the SATA or IDE onboard controllers.

    As noted in the link cited above,
    1. use your MS Install CD to get the OS running (ie forget backups of C:\)
    2. use the original purchased software installer(s) for \Program Files
    3. and you can then focus entirly on backups of
      \Documents and Settings where all your user data is located
     
  5. igeorge

    igeorge TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you very much for info
     
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,320   +618

    your welcome -- glad to help you avoid wasted time, effort and $$$ :)
     
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