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I have a hardware Raid 0 array that will install Vista ultimate to and will boot to the OS on the array if the Vista install disk is in the cd-rom and you wait until "Press any key to boot to DVD" goes away. If there is no disk in the cd-rom drive the error: "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter"

However if I install Vista to another disk on the same system (IDE channel) and then use Symantec Ghost to copy the whole disk to the array the array will boot no problems (I change the boot drives in regedit and everything is normal.)

I have tried to boot to the Vista repair cd mode and fix the start up and it says it fixed it but the array still gives the same error.

How do I get this array acting normal again?
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by:arnold
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Note: RAID 0 does not have any redundancy. If one disk fails, all data is lost.
To be clear your Vista installation when only the RAID 0 device is configured without any IDE or other SATA drives, the installer sees the device and installs the OS?  If the installer does not see the device, this means that you need to use the F6 option to provide additional drivers.

Double check that in the boot load order the RAID is included.
I.e.
Floppy
CDROM
IDE
SATA
USB
SCSI (SATA RAID, ATA RAID, and SCSI are often part of this category)
etc.
Alternatively, use the escape key or F10 to start the boot option to select a device from which the system should boot. (Check which option is the right one for your motherboard/system)

In short, while the Vista Install sees the RAID 0 device, the device might not be included in the boot order.
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by:rindi
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Is there any setting in the raid controller where you can set the array to "Bootable"? Have you tried booting to a partitioning tool like Bootit-ng and making the partition "Active"?

http://terabyteunlimited.com/
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by:Thaidog
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Well it is bootable because I as trying windows 7 on it and it was booting fine. After I deleted 7's reserved partition this started happening.
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by:arnold
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What do you mean you deleted a partition, was it the first partition?
If you are deleting, you have to delete all the partition and let the vista installer recreate what it needs.  My guess is that the MBR has a reference to this Windows 7 partition for the boot directory.

Alternatively, you can perform a repair install which could fix the problem.
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I was using vista ultimate and I decided to try win 7 RC. 7 come to find out makes a 100MB "reserved" partition and I did not see it until I wiped win 7 and reinstalled Vista. Once in Vista I saw the partition in windows explorer I figured out what it was and I wanted to get rid ot it so I reinstalled vista, deleted the partition from the installer and reinstalled vista. After that I get the error:


 Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter

The funny thing is however if I have my vista disk in the cd-rom it will boot the partition after the message " Press any key to boot to DVD". It will also boot the partition if I put my IDE drive in the first position in the bios. So it seems as long as the drive is the second device to be found it will boot.

Lastly I tried to fix the issue by using Norton Ghost 12 by installing vista to the IDE drive mentioned above and then copying the drive, including the MBR and setting the drive for booting. This worked but when I tried to do another fresh install on the disk the original error crops back up again.
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by:arnold
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You are booting from the CD when you hit the key.
The reserved partition might also been part of the system's manufacturer (EISA).

What type of system do you have is it a self built or is it a branded workstation/desktop system?

Not clear what you have.  Double check the bios and the boot section.
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by:rindi
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Make sure the partition you want to boot from is set to active (using bootit-ng or similar tools). Then if it still doesn't work, boot from your OS installation DVD (vista) and allow it to repair the system.
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by:Thaidog
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@arnold: - I ma not booting from the CD.... I put the CD in... let the message "Press any key to boot to DVD" come up on the screen... ignore it... and then my system boots from the hard drive in question.
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Do you have the option to reinstall vista without loosing data?
I suspect that the issue is that the extra partition is used in vista and win7 to store the boot related directives.  Not sure whether the presence of the CD gets the needed boot information from that to get the system running.
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by:Thaidog
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I have done several fresh installs but all of them do not fix the boot issue.
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by:arnold
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When you do the fresh install, do you delete all previously existing partitions or do you select the single partition and install there?
You may want to delete all the partitions, and then let the installer set the drive up as it sees fit.
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by:Thaidog
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I delete then recreate and reformat and stil lno fix.
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by:arnold
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Do not recreate any partition.  Delete the existing partition, select the unallocated space and let the OS installer set it up.


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by:Thaidog
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Ok so if I do that I would want to ghost over the os i have been rebuilding on the array already... will that work ok?
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by:arnold
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one thing at a time.  Once you install the OS where the OS install process defines/sets up the partition and the system boots without a problem, you could attempt the restore of the ghost image.
I.e. the OS installer will create a small partition either at the end or at the beginning.
The ghost image you have is just of the OS partition and I do not believe you will have an issue with booting if you restore the Ghost image of this single partition over the partition where the new OS is installed.

[partition A][partition B]

One of them will be the boot instructions, i.e. load the OS from the other partition after loading up some directives i.e. how to handle this or that.

Replacing the OS on the other partition which a ghost image should still work since you are not changing any physical drive layout.
The boot instructions are still load the OS from the other partition.  When the process starts that partition has the OS and should load.
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by:Thaidog
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Ok I will try this in a few days... i am tired of all this reinstalling. I will report back and award points when I get a chance. thx
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@arnold: Did not work still same error. I am going to install win 7 to see if it fixes it.
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Found out what it was... my raid 0 hardware array somehow got the mbr screwed up. I deleted the array, made a new one and now a fresh install of vista or win 7 works no problems.
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