RAID 1 Array won't boot into Windows XP Pro (Clean Install)
Posted on 2009-03-28
I've become quite angered at what has turned into a 10+ hour project. I'm working on a machine that had a very poor Windows XP Pro installation on it, requiring a reformat. After inserting the WinXP disc and pressing F6 to install the drivers for my raid card - the RAID 1 array was recognized and Windows XP Professional successfully installed itself. The problem starts after the first reboot. With the boot device set to Sil Mirrored, the machine boots up to a black screen saying:
"Windows could not start becuase of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from selected hard disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information."
Thinking it was a faulty raid controller (even tho prior to this the machine booted to Windows XP using the same two disks in an identical RAID 1/Mirrored setup) I replaced the card with another RAID card, a SIIG UltraATA 133 PCI RAID (The first one was a Promise raid card). Same exact thing happened... I then tried booting into the WinXP recovery console and adding a custom entry to the Boot.ini to no avail as that would bring it to an OS selection screen and send it into a reboot loop. Any help would be appreciated.
Also, the two discs being used are 160GB IDE Seagate 7,200 RPM drives (identical) and the motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-7VRX.