Begin: Troubleshoot why PC won't come out of hybrid sleep/sleep mode.
Read somewhere to 'remove battery from mobo', which means to set BIOS to failsafe defaults.
Don't do this if you have a RAID and are forgetful. If you do the following steps at least remember to set your SATA drives back up as RAID otherwise it defaults back to IDE instead of the required RAID settings and borks it all up.
Core i7 920
RAID 1 with (2) x 320GB Seagate Barracuda hard drives (enabled RAID in BIOS before imaging disks)
(1)TB WD green SATA drive from failed My(Crappy) Book World Edition
1. reset BIOS to fail"safe" defaults to troubleshoot separate issue (PC not coming out of hybrid sleep mode)
2. forget that RAID needs to be set in BIOS for RAID to work properly and reboot
And the rest of the story...
3. Windows loaded but acted very slow.
4. Noticed Intel Matrix Storage utility wasn't loading. Remembered that RAID *needs* to be set in the BIOS for it to work properly.
6. re-enabled RAID in BIOS
8. Can't load Windows due to some missing or corrupt file. Advised to insert Vista CD and use the auto-fix utility
10. boot from Vista disk
11. Vista couldn't find my Windows installation
13. disabled 1TB drive from boot priority
14. powered off
15. pulled power from 1TB drive (only RAID drives and DVD remain)
16. boot from Vista disk
17. finally located Windows volume
18. clicked the auto-repair-thingie
20. Missing or corrupt PCIIDEX.SYS
21. *(#@@#$#$%!*&^!*(#*@#*(&! Microsoft and the goat they rode in on...
23. boot from Vista disk
24. auto-repair again
26. Missing or corrupt PCIIDEX.SYS
27. *i'm going to h311 for sure*
28. boot from Vista disk
29. auto-repair again
30. "Searching for problems...." for very long time. Time passes.
31. "Attempting repairs..." for very long time. More time passes.
It's sleepy-time now but will repost the grand finale for posterity.