Dual boot involving RAID

#1
Hi Guys
New to EasyBCD, but not to messing with computers... :smile:

My wife really need a faster PC, and so I revived my old gaming rig. It has an Intel ICH5 RAID controller, which caused me some headaches trying to install a Windows 7 for her. On the array I have 2 primary partitions, XP and WIN2003 server + a logical prttition where my games used to be. Some time ago,I installed an 80GB IDE but never had any use for it - until now.

I had planned to boot the WIN7 DVD, but it turned out I couldn't. Instead I booted WIN2003, and tried to make a custom install to the IDE disk - but that failed at a late stage (maybe unable to write the BCD partition), even if I had supplied the ICH5 driver.

In the end I got it installed this way:
Cloned my XP partition to the IDE disk.
Changed the boot sequence to start with the IDE disk.
That booted fine, then got WIN7 installed as a custom upgrade.

So now I have (when WIN7 is booted):
WIN7 on disk C:
XP on Disk F:
Win2003 on disk G:
The games on disk H:

Now, if I want to boot XP or WIN2003 I should be able to change the boot sequence to RAID first, and it should work. But then I got greedy, as I had heard of EasyBCD: Why not us that to multi-boot at least XP and WIN7 (the WIN2003 is obsolete).

I thought it would be as easy as "Add a new entry", but no - I get the dreaded "Failed to detect a valid installation" whether or not I use auto or point it to F:. This is strange, as the partition on F: is quite straight forward - I have ntldr, ntdetect.com and a Windows folder. Any ideas after looking at this bootgrabber list?

C:\Program Files\NeoSmart Technologies\EasyBCD\bin>bootgrabber /tlist

BootGrabber utility.
Copyright NeoSmart Technologies 2009-2010 <http://neosmart.net/>

Unable to get volume information for \\?\Volume{829fca0a-41d2-11e0-bccb-806e6f6e
6963}\
D0,3,3,1,122941865984,1
P1,F:\,7,17215478784,4336058368,Yes,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1),Yes,NTFS

P0,,15,88051622400,0,Yes,,No,
P2,G:\,7,17667901440,9191362560,Yes,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2),No,NTFS
P0,,5,88051590656,0,No,,No,
P3,H:\,7,88051590144,9799475200,No,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(3),No,NTFS
D1,1,1,0,81964302336,1
P1,C:\,7,67110027264,43984023552,Yes,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1),Yes,NTFS

BRGDS
Sven Sorensen
Denmark
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Hi Sven,

That is indeed odd. There shouldn't be any issues with RAID and BootGrabber - I have a RAID0 setup on my development machine myself.

Can you please try EasyBCD 2.1 beta from EasyBCD 2.1 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums
There's a huge number of BootGrabber improvements there.
 
#3
Hi Sven,

That is indeed odd. There shouldn't be any issues with RAID and BootGrabber - I have a RAID0 setup on my development machine myself.

Can you please try EasyBCD 2.1 beta from EasyBCD 2.1 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums
There's a huge number of BootGrabber improvements there.
Hi and thanks for a quick reply!

Of course, the cause may be an old ICH5 driver - apparently, Intel has not made one for WIN7. On the other hand, I am able to see the volumes on the RAID after I installed the driver - so it seems to work.

I'll try the beta version, but I do think it is time for 2 full backups first :S: One from WIN7 and one from XP.

I'll be back & thanks again, BRGDS
Sven
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#4
BootGrabber wouldn't do anything to damage your system, but back up away!

Let me know what happens and good luck.
 
#5
Ok, problem solved!

Installed latest beta of 2.1.0137 and it added the correct entry automatically.
However, just to make sure it had got it right, I added yet another entry, this time manually choosing the disk (F:smile:. So now I got 2 entries doing the same, but I only have an "Add New Entry" button - there is no "Remove Entry" button. How can I remove one of these entries?

Thanks for a great product - a donation is on its way :smile:

/Sven Sorensen
Denmark
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#6
"Edit Boot Menu"
 

JustinW

Super Moderator
Staff member
#8
Yeah, we've redesigned the layout of EasyBCD's features in the 2.x builds. Hopefully it was much easier to find what you were looking for.