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I am getting a stop error that leads me to believe the MBR is messed up on my RAID drives. It may also be because the boot sector has become infected. Is there any way that I can set the system up to boot to an IDE drive instead of the SATA drives? I would like to try and retrieve data from the SATA drives before beginning a complete reinstall. Thank you for your assistance.

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If you can install an IDE drive as a first boot drive and install Windows on this hard drive with the SATA RAID drives as the secondary drives, then you may be able to recover your data from the RAID drives.
You may be able to fix the MBR first before installing Windows.
To fix the MBR run the DOS command - fdisk /mbr
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  • mjniemela Oct 13, 2010

    Geekman,
    While waiting for a reply, I attached an IDE hard drive to the cable set aside for the two cd/dvd drives and set it as the first boot device in the BIOS. The funny thing is that it just gets to the black Windows startup screen and suddenly reboots. This happens with both the SATA drives completely disconnected from the motherboard (cable and power) as well as turned OFF in the BIOS. I should have also mentioned that I made a few attempts at booting from a Windows XP CD (SP3) and a USB drive with a minimal install of Windows on it, but both failed as the system refused to boot from either device even after altering their position in the boot sequence.
    It is my impression that something has failed on the motherboard. Upon doing a few quick Google searches, it would appear that this particular Dimension has seen it's fair share of problems regarding motherboard issues. I guess I will hope that one of my friends has a system they would be willing to let me attach my hard drive to just long enough to retrieve my data while I consider the purchase of a new motherboard that is compatible with my CPU, memory, etc..
    If you have any other suggestions or thoughts on what else could be the problem, I would be more than willing to hear what you have to say.
    Many thanks for your help, mate. Cheers! ;)

  • Chris Hingee
    Chris Hingee Oct 13, 2010

    You mentioned that the SATA drives was setup as a RAID configuration.
    If the SATA hard drive/s were configured as single hard drives, then you could have attached each SATA hard drive to an USB SATA hard drive adapter and plugged it into a working computer's USB port. This computer would see the hard drive as an external storage device and you could then copy your data off the SATA hard drive.
    When the SATA hard drives are configured as a RAID 1, 2, 3, or 5 system, the data is distributed across all drives and using a USB hard drive adapter won't work.
    BUT if the SATA hard drives was configured as RAID 0 then then data is mirrored on two SATA hard drives then connecting it to an USB SATA hard drive adapter should work.
    ANOTHER WAY
    Purchase a new motherboard, with IDE and SATA controllers (one of my favourite motherboards is Gigabyte) should fit in the DELL normally have common mountings holes
    Install Windows on an IDE hard drive and the SATA drives as you previously setup.

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Trying to restore to factory settings. i pressed f8 but option "repair your computer isnt there"


try cntrl + F11 at start up

WHAT CAN CAUSE PC RESTORE TO FAIL?
If the hidden DSR (Dell System Restore) partition is removed


If the MBR (Master Boot Record) is modified in any way (such as if you load the Vista Upgrade over XP)


If you change the MBR but the pointers to the DSR partition are left, the DSR will boot, detect that the MBR has changes, and flash a screen that informs you that the MBR has changed and that image restore will not run


If you create additional partitions, changing the MBR, Dell PC Restore will be disabled to prevent it from overwriting these partitions that may contain critical data during a restore operation


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First of all I'm not this smart. I found it and pasted it here for you from:
http://www.pcpowerguide.com/windows/damaged-mbr-error-message/

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MBR is the acronym for Master Boot Record. The master boot record is located in the boot section of your hard drive, which is the first sector on the first platter. When you boot your computer, the master boot record tells the computer's BIOS (Basic Input Output System) where to find the bootstrap code for the operating system.
So if the MBR is corrupted, the BIOS can't find the operating system and you can get error messages like the following ones:
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Looks pretty scary, doesn't it?
However, it is usually not that hard to fix a corrupted MBR and usually the rest f the hard drive is just fine and will boot normally once your fix the master boot record.
What Causes Damage to the MBR? A lot of things can cause damage to the MBR such as viruses designed to corrupt the boot sector. Some of them copy the original MBR to another file. Others do this by overwriting the MBR with virus code. In fact viruses and malware are one of the most frequent causes but, any file can become corrupted especially files that are accessed as frequently as the MBR.
How to Fix the MBR The stapes to fix the MBR are slightly different in the different versions of Windows. So I will cover them separately.
Windows XP
  1. Insert your XP installation disk in the CD-Rom and reboot the computer
  2. When asked, press any key to boot from the CD
  3. When you get the Welcome to Setup screen, press "R" to open the repair console
  4. Enter your administrator password when prompted
  5. At the command prompt, type fixmbr and press enter
  6. When a new command prompt appears, type exit
  7. Remove your installation CD
  8. Restart the computer
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  1. Insert your Vista installation disk in the CD-ROM and reboot the computer
  2. When asked, press any key to boot from the CD
  3. When you get the Install Windows screen, fill in the language and location options and then click Next
  4. Click on the Repair your computer option
  5. Select the Windows Vista operating system and click Next
  6. Enter your administrator password when prompted
  7. In the System Recovery Options, select Command Prompt
  8. When a command prompt appears, type bootrec.exe and press enter to fix the MBR
  9. When a new command prompt appears, type exit
  10. Remove your installation CD
  11. Click Restart in the System Recovery Options window
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  1. Insert your Windows 7 installation disk in the CD-ROM and reboot the computer
  2. When asked, press any key to boot from the CD
  3. When you get the Install Windows screen, fill in the language, Time and Keyboard Input options and then click Next
  4. Click on the Repair your computer option
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Since you didn't give much info I'll do my best. Did the error tell you that it couldn't find an operating system? Driver?
Reboot and enter "set up" change the boot order in the BIOS so that your cd/dvd is the first boot device. If you computer isn't destroyed you should get the recovery console then. Try getting into safe mode if possible and doing a system restore, or last known good configuration if you can't restore. If you can boot try those first if not then use the console and try to fix mbr.
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If, for any reason, the MBR becomes damaged or corrupt, then the operating system will be unable to load. You will normally see error messages like:
Error loading operating system
Missing operating system
Invalid partition table
These messages are definitely not fun, especially if you are not familiar with computers. Most people would automatically assume their computers are dead! However, that's not true. Being in IT myself, these errors are actually preferably to other types of Windows errors. Why?
Well, it's actually fairly easy to fix the Master Boot Record in XP and Vista. All you have to do is load up the Recovery Console and run a simple command. All of your data, applications, settings, etc are still intact on the drive and once the MBR is fixed, the computer will load normally.
So how can you repair your damaged MBR? Here are the steps to follow:

1. First, restart your computer with the Windows XP setup disk in the CD drive.
2. When prompted, boot from the CD drive by pressing any key. If Windows loads automatically, you will first have to enter the BIOS setup and change the order of the boot devices to start with the CD drive.
3. Once the setup loads, you will see the option to press R to repair a Windows installation.
4. Once the Recovery Console loads up, you will have to type in a number that corresponds to your Windows installation. This is normally just 1. Press Enter and then type in the Administrator password.
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In Vista (I'm assuming you have Vista) the procedure to fix the master boot record is a bit different. You have to start up Vista in the Recovery Environment and then run the bootrec command. Here's how.

1. First, load up the Windows Vista disc in your drive and press any key to boot from the disc.
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3. Choose the operating system to repair and click Next. When the System Recovery Options dialog comes up, choose the Command Prompt.
4. Now type bootrec.exe and press Enter. This will rebuild the boot configuration data and hopefully fix your problem. You can also run the command with switches to fix just the master boot record (/fixmbr), the boot sector (/fixboot), or rebuild the entire BCD (/rebuildbcd).

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This is addressed on IDE ATA drives... (1) - Have you tried a different IDE cable? If not give it a go and do a repair if needed again!.....

(2) - You may have a corrupt MBR (master boot record)!! You will need to reformat and do Fdisk /mbr to delete the master boot record!! Save all data first as this will not allow you to access any of your data as all file location addresses are located in the MBR!!

.....(3) - Your harddrive may have a bad sector get a zerofill tool(low level formatting tool)!! This will rewrite you HD's sectors putting them back to factory spec's!! Maxtors is called Maxblast you can get it from thier site!!

....(4) - or it could be a defective drive, but most read errors are due ot corrupt MBR or a bad sector!!

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1- You may have a corrupt MBR (master boot record)!! You will need to reformat and do Fdisk /mbr to delete the master boot record!! Save all data first as this will not allow you to access any of your data as all file location addresses are located in the MBR!!

2 - Your harddrive may have a bad sector get a zerofill tool(low level formatting tool)!! This will rewrite you HD's sectors putting them back to factory spec's!! Maxtors is called Maxblast you can get it from thier site!!

3- or it could be a defective drive, but most read errors are due ot corrupt MBR or a bad sector!!

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1 - Have you tried a different IDE cable?
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2 - You may have a corrupt MBR (master boot record)!! You will need to reformat and do Fdisk /mbr to delete the master boot record!! Save all data first as this will not allow you to access any of your data as all file location addresses are located in the MBR!!

3 - Your harddrive may have a bad sector get a zerofill tool(low level formatting tool)!! This will rewrite you HD's sectors putting them back to factory spec's!! Maxtors is called Maxblast you can get it from thier site!!

4 - or it could be a defective drive, but most read errors are due ot corrupt MBR or a bad sector!!

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1 - Have you tried a different IDE cable?
If not give it a go and do a repair if needed again!

2 - You may have a corrupt MBR (master boot record)!! You will need to reformat and do Fdisk /mbr to delete the master boot record!! Save all data first as this will not allow you to access any of your data as all file location addresses are located in the MBR!!

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Your boot record is corrupted. You'll want to boot to the Windows 2000 Recovery Console.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/229716/

Try running the chkdsk /r command first. It may take about 30+mins to finish. If that doesn't get it, then you'll want to try fixing the boot record:

command-> FIXBOOT loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); fixboot drive name: Use this command (where drive name is the drive letter where the boot sector will be written) to write the new Windows boot sector code on the boot partition. This command fixes problems where the Windows boot sector is corrupted. The Emergency Repair process also fixes the boot sector. This command overrides the default of writing to the system boot partition.

command-> FIXMBR loadTOCNode(3, 'moreinformation'); fixmbr device name Use this command (where device name is an optional device name that specifies the device that needs a new MBR) to repair the master boot record (MBR) of the system partition. This command is used in scenarios where a virus has damaged the MBR and Windows cannot start.

WARNING: This command has the potential to damage your partition tables if a virus is present or a hardware problem exists. This command may lead to inaccessible partitions. Microsoft suggests running antivirus software before using this command.

The name can be obtained from the output of the map command. If this is left blank, the boot device's MBR is fixed, for example:
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