Friday, July 06, 2012

More Things to Never Do

Just a word to the wise. If you have a RAID 1 array for your C: drive in Windows, and you replace one of the hard disks that RAID reports as failed, DO NOT attach the failed disk to the same machine to find out what is wrong with it. I now know more about the Windows boot manager, the Windows Recovery Environment, disk partitions under Windows 7 and the use of the Diskpart, Bootrec, and BCDEdit tools, as well as remote editing of registry hives, than I ever wanted. It took nearly three days of searching, fiddling, booting from install disks, and trying out various tools (some of which did bad things I then had to figure out how to undo - I'm looking at you, EasyBCD) to get back to where I started from.

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