xp compatible partition?

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Michael.Bradshaw
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Hi, I got a corrupt windows file the other day on startup and have bring trying to fix it. Recovery console has failed as has every other method i'm though of trying.

The files i need are in m documents folder. Problem is my drives is in raid 0 and so i can't stick it into another machine. Decided to install windows onto another drive in that machine but it keeps saying that drive does not contain an "xp compatitble partition" no option for formatting is presented.

I then decided to format it first in another computer and then try, Same thing. Even writing zeroes to the entire drive using killdisk presents the same problem. I just need something I can boot into on the faulty machine to allow me to copy the files and then reinstall a fresh copy of xp.

the drive with the windows installation is healthy and accessible in recovery console but windows will not boot.

As soon as I do this I'm changing it to raid 1 as thats how it was meant to be.

Any ideas on what I can do to get be able to see the files and copy them to another disk? Been thinking of a bootable usb disk with xp on it. It is possible but bartpe is quite hard to figure out.

Thanks, Michael.

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bartpe is one of the simplest ways of doing it.
you boot with bartpe and then insert a usb pendrive to copy files to
find files on machine you want to save and copy to the pendrive.

i would suggest you never raid0 a startup / system drive.

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Michael.Bradshaw
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ok, Going to try bartpe again. Just popped down to pc world and bought a new stick.

I intended to use raid 1 and change it this weekend. Just got caught at the wrong time. Lesson Learnt:)

Thanks for the help.

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Michael.Bradshaw
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turns out bartpe doesn't like to use oem xp disks so i am currently installing 2000 on another drive. It went right past all the points that xp stopped at. would still like to figure out why xp will not recognise the partitions as I will have to reinstall once I get the files off safely.

M.

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A few things. Have you installed the necessary drivers for the RAID controller on the new copy of XP or 2000? I'm assuming you are using NTFS. NTFS has moved on in XP and I've seen compatibility problems on several occasions with Win2000, albeit mainly to do with booting.

As long as the OS sees the two drives once booted into your new XP or 2000 you will need to go to disk manager and bring the RAID in so XP recognises it correctly. Right click on the 2 disks and there will be an option to re-create a RAID using the 2 drives.

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Michael.Bradshaw
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i got 200 installed on another drive and got my files off safely.

I need to set up my raid as raid 1 for my system drive. Xp setup has been given the driver and it happy enough seeing the drive. The problem is that it will not allow me to format the drive as it says it is not an xp-compatible partition. endless searching on google has brought up nothing that works.

I'll keep trying and see what happens. Getting a bit frustrating but at least I have my files.

M.

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Michael.Bradshaw
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for the record. It just took me four days to get this happenening. I found the problem.

My dell monitors have card readers in them and one was connected to the machine by usb. I thought it was my wireless keyboard cable and it wasn't.

For xp to install to a raid it must be the first drive in the list. The card reader wasn't showing as a drive in xp setup but i noticed the raid was listed as drive 1 and not as drive 0.

Quick disconnect and xp setup is now formatting the drive. Shouldn't be a problem anymore.

I can't believe with the amount of searching I did online nobody has realised this. microsoft don't even acknowledge the problem even though google gave me thousands of hits.

Appreciate the help and hopefully if anyone experiences this problem they will remember this and save some time. Michael.

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Michael.Bradshaw
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I got windows up again but its quite slow. The raid array complains at startup that it's resyncing and when in windows drive access occurs in bursts of a second or so with a gap inbetween.

Is this normal for raid 1 or is there something wrong.

M.

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