"Error loading operating system" on Windows XP, with RAID1
Posted on 2007-04-02
Greetings - I have a problem with one of my PCs - it is an HP/Compaq desktop running Windows XP (Pro, I believe). It crashed the other day (no BSOD, just an message stating that an unexpected error had occurred - unfortunately, I did not see it myself, as it happened when my colleague was using the PC - when she closed the message, the PC simply shut off). When we tried to restart, it gave the message, "Error loading operating system..."
The PC has two 40gb hard drives on a RAID controller - the array is configured as RAID1(mirrored). The Primary Master shows its status as Hidden, and the Secondary Master is set to BOOT. I don't see anything in the boot utility that suggests something is wrong with either the array or drives. I tried to run recovery with the Windows XP CD, but it gave me the message the the hard drive could not be found.
Any ideas as to what might be wrong?