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    Default Install EasyBCD on dead system?

    I have a machine that was running Win 7 64 on a RAID 0 array until some sort of update borked things. I can't boot Win 7 without going directly to a 7b blue screen. I have been trying many different things to recover. Let's not go there. The Intel RAID bios makes a reserved space that seems to contain the boot information/applications. I have found no explanation of how this works in my searching.

    Is there any way to correctly install EasyBCD on that RAID array? Is there a standalone boot process I can use to install it? What if I added a drive and installed XP on that drive. Can I then install EasyBCD into the reserved area and use it for booting into both XP and Win 7 if I can ever figure out how to recover my Win 7 system. Any ideas on that recovery would also be useful. Manually rebuilding the boot pieces did not help.

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    EasyBCD isn't the bootloader. It's an app for configuring the bootloader. You can install it like any Windows app, only from a working OS, though it's portable so can reside anywhere accessible to the OS.
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    Thanks, I understand that. My question is can it be installed and run from a standalone boot like Bart, UCB4win or something like that and be able to do what it needs to do.

    A key point, in any case, is will EasyBCD properly deal with that reserved space created by the Intel RAID firmware/software?
    Last edited by alternety; August 8th, 2010 at 11:11 PM.

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    No.

    Use the recovery disc to repair the Windows boot by following the steps here:
    Recovering the Vista Bootloader from the DVD - EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

    After getting a basic booting system, use EasyBCD from within Windows.
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    I have been trying this for a month. No boot recovery has been possible.

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