No wonder i was pullin my hair out… i discovered by accident after changing a few hdd’s around in my pc that the cde password prompt exists and is working fine, but won’t show up if the hdd’s are plugged in different order. So the problem at the moment is that when the hdd’s are switched to allow the CDE password prompt, windows won’t load. tells me bootloader is missing (even though im pretty sure the system hdd is the hdd with the bootloader on it, ie not on a seperate drive), and the only hard drives ive got plugged in is the encrypted disk im trying to access, and the normal system drive. swapping them around allows windows 7 to load normally, but it won’t display the boot time password prompt.
ive tried fixing the bootloader using win7 cd / repair, hoping it would reallocate/ammend the bootloader to the system drive if it wasnt already on the system drive, allowing me to both enter the password and then continue loading as usual… but the repair kept coming up with a bootloader error which it refused to fix for an “unknown” reason even though it knew it was the bootloader and i seem to be stuck between swapping hard drives around.
im going to double check to see if the bootloader is indeed on the system drive or not. in the meantime i’d appreciate any advice/help on the problem.
once again thanks for your time