The Gigabyte motherboard on one of my Home PC's died at the weekend (only one running Windows 7, as a Linux, Solaris, OS X geek), probably should just bin the machine, but thought I'd have a go at getting the system back, as my gaming box, and occasionally like to dabble.
Anyway popped down to the local electronics specialist and picked up a near identical P965 based Gigabyte board, should be close enough to allow me to reactivate the Win-7 OEM licence once booted (possibly after half an hour on the phone to MS). Anyway the first issue was the OS was on a RAID 0 array, on the Gigabyte SATAII ports, rather than the Intel, so had to redefine the array in the BIOS, appears this wipes the MBR on the disk array, so obviously wouldn't boot. A not so quick fiddle with a Windows 7 recovery disk (dosen't see the RAID array, well not without downloading and burning the appropriate Gigabyte RAID drivers to a CD, and installing at the appropriate place. Anyway got the MBR back and the machine attempted to boot but failed at some point, blue screen for a fraction of a sec, after 5 or so sec's on the Windows splash screen, and the usual automatic reboot to the advanced options, the machine won't boot into safe mode or command prompt either, same issue. Used the recovery disk to CHKDSK the array, and found / fixed a few issues, but still won't boot.
Now the first issue is the Recovery Disk can't find / see any of the restore points on the volume, so is there some recovery console command line magic to specify where the Recovery console version of the Restore point tool should look on the Volume for restore points, as I'm hoping this would be the quickest fix?
Is there a way to force windows to log / display for a few secs what's up rather than automatically rebooting (without booting first)?
Alternatively is there a mechanism to access a Windows 9x style step-by-step boot option, so you can identify what's causing the crash, and hopefully skip on the next cycle?
Obviously can't use the Windows 7 upgrade / reinstall option as the machine won't boot (unless there's some magic i'm not aware of to kick of an upgrade without booting first), and don't want to do a clean install if I can help it.
So after ideas / suggestions.
Oh I have many True Image backups, sitting on a Samba mount, but trying to avoid a network restore, as the backup set comprises a full backup, that's over 3 yrs old, and numerous incremental images, so would probably take a day or more to restore.