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New Everything - Can't boot my mirror array

I had functioning computer with a RAID1 array & Win XP Pro SP2. I've upgraded the motherboard, RAM, graphics card & CPU today & I'm pretty sure I have set the BIOS parameters correctly but I can't boot from my old hard disks (SATA). I now suppose it must be a lack of the correct RAID controller but how can I fix that without erasing & reinstalling Windows afresh (which I can't do - all my stuff is on the 2 RAID disks)? Is it not possible to upgrade if one uses RAID? That seems a bit extreme.

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Actually a well known sad issue with XP.

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XP doesn't support SATA chipsets so you run into brick walls like this. Hopefully you have your current backup so you won't lose it all.


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But it worked before...

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How can XP not support SATA chipsets? It was all working this morning with the same copy of Win XP. Anyway, how do you mean I may lose it all without a backup? I thought that was the point of a mirror array - that if one fails there is the other & in my case neither have failed. I can buy or re-use a PATA disk, install windows, boot, copy the SATA disk and then create a new array but surely there is an easier way? It seems so short sighted not to make a RAID array upgradable...

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The CD from Microsoft doesn't do SATA (chipsets.)

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The drivers are not on that CD. While we have had some luck with BIOS settings it usually results in subpar performance. To do this right we install XP but hit the F6 key and feed it the drivers. I'll stop here since that's widely available on the web.

Change motherboards and you run the risk of a double whammy as not only we may need to do a repair install of the OS but XP's activation may kick in and trip up the repair install. Add that F6 key to the repair install plus activation plus having that driver diskette and you see why I write "what a mess."

Hope you have a good backup. What you say? Mirrors are not backup. They are what they are. In fact your post proves my point. What good is it for backup if you can't recover?


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