I installed Windows 7 64bit. I even created a "repair CD" for my windows 7 installation. I however had issues getting any of my CD or DVD drives to popup so I finally updated my DELL PRECISION 690 Bios to the newest version to see if I could see more devices in Device manager possibly. I then tried updating to a newer PERC 5si integerated raid controller driver which made my Windows 7 stop booting. (used the 64bit windows vista driver from Dell's homepage).
Of course like previous crappy versions of Windows - Windows 7 also fails booting safe mode because I'm running RAID 1 mirrored disks. The raid one (Perc 5) driver has to be "loaded separately" but seemingly there is still no option for that during "safe mode".
Is there any tool that will allow me to boot the Filesystem and possibly edit to remove the "wrongly installed" Perc driver? Windows "last known good configuration" doesn't do anything and neither does "system restore" as it says there is no PREVIOUS system restore points (not sure if that's the RAID driver thats preventing that as well).
RAID is very common. It is unbelievable to me that if anything happens to a WINDOWS PC on a raid you're screwed to the point of reinstalling the entire OS from scratch... Figured SOME advancement should've been done on Windows 7 but thats like hoping it's going to start raining money I guess...
Booting from the Windows 7 CD or the Repair CD I had created all brings you to the dumb little menu that gives you the option to "automatically repair" which doesn't do anything helpful. Messes around for like 10 minutes and then "wasn't able to fix" problem.