no booting past ACER logo after SATA drives

January 23, 2011 at 18:53:45
Specs: Windows 7, Sempron3200+/2GB
My ACER Aspire T160 boots fine off an IDE boot drive, running Windows 7 Pro.

After I added two SATA drives (2TB each), the computer now won't boot up, getting stuck at the ACER logo screen.

However, if I disconnect the SATA drives, the computer boots up fine. After it boots up, I can reconnect the SATA cables and windows 7 recognize the drives fine. I set them up as one striped volume (GPT software RAID 0) in Windows 7. The drives are ok and I can copy and read data to the volume. So it seems the drives are working fine in Windows 7.

Why can't the computer boot up with SATA drives connected? It will be a pain to disconnect and reconnect the SATA cables everytime I want to boot!



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#1
January 23, 2011 at 19:28:32
Did you install the drivers for sata?

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#2
January 23, 2011 at 19:39:26
I didn't manually install. But if I boot with SATA disconnected, and reconnect after windows 7 starts, windows 7 was able to auto install drivers for the drives. I suspect it's bios related rather than OS related. What do you think?

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#3
January 23, 2011 at 19:44:35
Check what the boot settings are in the bios.

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#4
January 23, 2011 at 19:52:05
I looked in the bios but dont't know wha kind of settings to change. What setting could cause boot failure wig SATA, yet support SATA drives to connect after boot?

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#5
March 13, 2011 at 23:11:24
hello i have a problem whit my sata (204 gig maxtor) , after runing adobe fireworks my pc freezed, i manualy reset and my sata started up fine put just befor boot up makes a clicking sound and stops then it starts up again and makes another cliking sound and just keeps going. it wont boot up. i tryed whit a windows cd but it wont boot into it, it's like the hard drive wont start. i instaled a new operating sitem (windows) on another Hdd just fine and i tryed to connect my sata whit that HDD to recover data or format but windows stops at boot up on the xp loading screen and the sata makes it's cicle of rewing and clicking, windows wont start whit that sata. any ideeas? i removed all power outlets and only the sata is connected to power but it still doesn't start past the clicking. help please. i have a low buget a fix would be nice. forgive my gramer :)

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