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[qoute]Folks, I'm a newbie here but I've had a long fight with this problem so I thought my experience might help. I have three SATA hard drives with a total of 7 partitions. Everything worked fine with Vista so I didn't question the hardware when I hit the problem with Win7. After a custom install my system would boot and run fine if the Win7 disc was in the DVD drive but give the "BOOTMGR is missing" message if it wasn't. Having slogged at it for days and even had Mictosoft use Remote Access I disconnected the two data drives and left only the one with the System partition on it. The system them booted correctly. I found that one of the data drives had its partition described as Primary rather than Logical and that the problem occurred only if that drive was on the same SATA controller as the system drive. When I moved it to a different SATA controller the problem disappeared. It had all worked fine with Vista and I don't pretend to understand what happened. However, if you are having this problem I suggest unplugging all drives except the system one - it might work for you too.[/quote]

Just read that and all vital signs point to me needing to plug in the 500gb HDD, even though it doesnt work
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I don't know if it'll work
But since you got no other ideas...
right, well ima try it out brb.........later
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If Linux fails, or if you can't get it to work you could always try a version of DOS installed on a cd or floppy disc ( if you have a floppy disc drive.)
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If Linux fails, or if you can't get it to work you could always try a version of DOS installed on a cd or floppy disc ( if you have a floppy disc drive.)
I'm thinking it's a software problem
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I'm thinking it's a software problem
Back from my escapades in the world of linux, and linux wont recognize the drive either, the 500gb drive was pulled from a WD smartshare external drive, so idk if that matters, but lets not forget about my REAL problem my inability to boot into my BOOT DRIVE, windows fail. Anyone got any bright ideas short of taking my rifle and shooting it?

After thinking about it i think the 500gb version is password protected but it cant load the password stuff because its out of its external inclosure and inside the comp as a real drive.
Edited by Smoblikat - 3/31/11 at 7:49pm
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Im not sure where the external thing is, is there any way to mimic those settings, because it had this WD smart ware stuff on it that made it unopenable until you got the pass in, how do i input the pass?
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Does Bios recognize the 500gb hard drive? If not try different sata/ check power etc. If so try dos. Try making a partition on your boot drive with Linux and then backing up all of your data. After that reformat the windows partition. How far away does your step father live? You could borrow his 1tb to back up everything and hen wipe your boot drive to do a restore. Then work on the 500 gb drive.
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Im not sure where the external thing is, is there any way to mimic those settings, because it had this WD smart ware stuff on it that made it unopenable until you got the pass in, how do i input the pass?
If you booted from a Linux Live CD, you can remove a hard drive password by:

Go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal.

Enter the following command:

Code:
sudo hdparm --security-unlock "password"
Enter your actual password, of course, and DO include the quotation marks. This will unlock the drive so it can be accessed, the same as if you entered a hard drive password in the usual way elsewhere.

To completely remove the password, enter the command above, AND the following commands:

Code:
sudo hdparm --security-disable "password"
sudo hdparm --security-set-pass "NULL"
Use the actual password first, and then the actual word NULL in caps, and include the quotation marks.
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Does Bios recognize the 500gb hard drive? If not try different sata/ check power etc. If so try dos. Try making a partition on your boot drive with Linux and then backing up all of your data. After that reformat the windows partition. How far away does your step father live? You could borrow his 1tb to back up everything and hen wipe your boot drive to do a restore. Then work on the 500 gb drive.
BIOS recognizes every single drive including the RAID partitions and 500gb, and so does windows, when im booted into the 270gb i can access all the files on my RAID array and the 500gb shows up as drive G but i can access it until i format it, my step father lives 30ft above my head since im 16 , but you gave me the best idea, create a small partition inside my RAID array dump all my files on there format the other partition with a win 7 disc put all the files back there then extend the partition, that way i will have a stable computer until i get a new HDD with the money im getting from selling my comp (im selling it to a good friend so ill tell him not to erase anything until i get my new drive)
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WOOT copying new files to partition as we speak.then ima format the origonal one and be good as gold, thanks evry1 for your help +reps when this problem gets fixed.
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