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Running a Win XP repair with a Promise raid controller.

I have a tower that is running Win XP.  It has a promise raid card with 3 drives running off it in a striping raid.   All of a sudden Windows on bootup says that there is a system32 file missing or corrupt.  Can I run a Win XP repair on this since it is a striping raid.  I know I have to load the manufacturer's driver for the raid card while getting to the repair.  But can i repair/replce the file on a stiping raid through a repair?
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Booda2usCommented:
Hello sysolut, Yes you can. Try running ' SFC \scannow ', and then ' fixmbr ' from a command prompt before you attempt the repair...Booda2us
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rich_holderCommented:
Hi,

Yes, you can. When you initiate the installation, you will need to press F6 to load the raid card drivers. Once loaded, Windows XP setup will recognize the array and the installation contained therein.

From there you can initiate a repair on the operating system. When it scans the drive(s) (the array) it should detect the windows installation... at that point you can run an automated repair, or if you know which files to be replaced and you feel confortable with DOS commands, you can run the recovery console.

You will need to login to the Windows installation if you use the console... if for any reason you cannot run the console, you will have to run an automated repair.

Hope this helps,

Rick
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
Can you briefly explain how to run recovery console.  I know how you get to recovery console Dos Command but how do you repair/replace the file?
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engineer_dellCommented:
Hi,

http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm

Post the exact error I will tell you how to execute commands, in Recovery Console for that particular error,

Engineer_Dell
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MereteCommented:
Booda2us  lol to run a system file checker please note>> sfc /scannow
not like this>>SFC \scannow  

rich_holder has it in a nutshell, because of the raid windows see your two hdd as one,C drive

please note that there is two ways to repair windows.
we want to repair XP without using Recovery Console.
this is the repair NOT recover, a repair will not destroy your files.

Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive. Then insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.

When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.
F6 to load the raid card drivers
 Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console. <<<<Here is the diference from Recovery console

 In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
 Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
 Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

Accessing The  Different Methods of Repair Available in Windows XP fully illistrated with step by step:
http://www.theeldergeek.com/repairing_windows_xp.htm
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blohrerCommented:
syssoult,

How are these disks striped?

Is it Raid 0 or raid 5?

If it is raid 0 (striped for performance) it sounds as if you may have lost a disk, which is causing your problem.  

If the system was raid 5 (striping with parity) I think it would continue to function, with a performace hit.  

Hopefully you have good backups, because if your problem is a failed disk in a raid 0 config, then you have more than likely lost your data.
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ded9Commented:
Boot from bios and press R for repairing windows xp

Reps

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Booda2usCommented:
merete :)p
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MereteCommented:
Here is how to perform a repair not a recovery.
Please understand if you have malware this will not remove it.
You will not lose your files doing this.

 perform a reinstallation of Windows XP, sometimes called a repair installation.

Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive. For more information about how to do this, refer to your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer. Then insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.

When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
 
Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.
 
 Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.
 
In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
 
 Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
 
 Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.
 
Different Methods of repairing windows has an illistrated guide to the setup screen. Scroll down to see the snapshots.
http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
I was able to repair the system via the CD and it now works well.  JUst have to load Manufacturers video drivers.
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MereteCommented:
Well done syssolut glad to see your backup and running.
Thank you.
Best wishes
Merete
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