After installing a software program I was told to reboot. When I did, the Windows XP machine I was working on failed to boot into Windows. When I attempted to Start Windows Normally, I was told that C:\Windows\System32\system was corrupt and advised to reinstall Windows to repair. That is where it got sticky.
My windows XP installation was on a (software) Raid1 mirror set of SATA drives. To reinstall windows I was compelled to install the driver during the install process. Honostly I didn't recall which of the several drivers provided by the board manufacturer was the one used for the original install. I attempted to use one then another then another without finding a solution that allowed me to install to the raid set.
The BIOS Raid management page shows the raid set as "invalid raid set". Eventually I popped a spare IDE drive into the machine and installed Windows on it in the hopes of attaching one (or both) or the original XP installation Mirror set for recovery of various files. No joy.
I've tried installing Windows management tools from the Raid controller manufacturer (Sil3114) one such tool called Array Manager shows the drives attached to the controller but shows both are marked as "orphan".
While there is an option to "Delete Orphan" under the Device Menu item I'm afraid to do so because I don't known the ramifications. Both copies of the manual for this program I've been able to locate have pages missing where the topic of "orphans" is supposed to be!
It's all very frustrating. I'd love to recover some files like my outlook address book, email, various virtual machines I've configured -- all of which reside on this corrupted and so far inaccessible RAID 1 mirror set.
Any advice on how to access said files would be appreciated. In my current configuration I have a 250GB IDE drive set up as C:, another 250GB SATA attached to the same RAID controller which is identified as E:, and of course the pair of 250GB SATA drives attached to the raid controller on the mobo but unrecognized by windows and recognized as "invalid Raid Set" by the BIOS Raid utility and as "orphan" drives by the Sil Array Manager program.