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Unable to boot from HDD1 position or recreate RAID1.

I finally have the correct hard drive capacity recognized in BIOS, but both hard drives are now JBOD -- unable to recreate RAID1. Also, laptop will only boot from HDD2, no matter which hard drive is in that position.

BIOS, Toshiba RAID utility, and Acronis True Image see 2 separate hard drives, but Windows XP only sees a single (Healthy, System) hard drive.

How can I recreate RAID1 and bootability from the HDD1 position?

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  • drrocket Nov 20, 2009

    Configuring BIOS to boot from HDD1 (which is the default setting) doesn't help. The laptop gets a BSOD when trying to boot into Windows XP from HDD1, but will successfully boot from HDD2. I even tried swapping the position of the hard drives; each hard drive will boot into WinXP ONLY when installed as HDD2.

    I think because HDD2 (rather than HDD1) is the active hard drive, Toshiba RAID utility (in Windows) won't let me create a RAID1 array. In BIOS, both hard drives are currently designated as [Optimal condition] JBOD. The only other BIOS options are RAID-0s (1RAID-0 or 2RAID-0), whereas RAID1 is actually the factory default. I must have broken RAID1 while trying to get the BIOS to recognize the correct capacity of the installed hard drives (it kept giving the CAPACITY of the original, smaller, hard drives even though it read the current hard drives' actual size).

  • drrocket Nov 20, 2009

    Configuring BIOS to boot from HDD1 (which is the default setting) doesn't help. The laptop gets a BSOD when trying to boot into Windows XP from HDD1, but will successfully boot from HDD2. I even tried swapping the position of the hard drives; each hard drive will boot into WinXP ONLY when installed as HDD2.

    I think because HDD2 (rather than HDD1) is the active hard drive, Toshiba RAID utility (in Windows) won't let me create a RAID1 array. In BIOS, both hard drives are currently designated as [Optimal condition] JBOD. The only other BIOS options are RAID-0s (1RAID-0 or 2RAID-0), whereas RAID1 is actually the factory default. I must have broken RAID1 while trying to get the BIOS to recognize the correct capacity of the installed hard drives (it kept giving the CAPACITY of the original, smaller, hard drives even though it read the current hard drives' actual size).

  • drrocket Nov 22, 2009

    Problem solved: Using the 2 identical, formatted hard drives, I used the factory discs to restore the laptop to its original factory state, including its default RAID1 state. This maintained correct capacity in BIOS and made HDD1 bootable again. Upon first boot into Windows of the newly factory-state restored laptop, the RAID Console utility offered to mirror the 2nd hard drive, recreating the RAID1 array. At that point I closed out of Windows and used an Acronis bootable CD to restore my most recent back-up (but NOT MBR or Track 0). Booting the Acronis-restored system, HDD1 successfully booted into Windows, and the mirroring process proceeded automatically. Problems solved.

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You need to go into your bios and tell it to boot from the other hard drive make sure you plugged in the right wire to power it it should be the same as one used for the hard drive that works and plug it in tightly.

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