sata hard drive crashed

September 18, 2010 at 15:39:09
Specs: vista home premium
sata hard drive crashed and now i need to slave it in system in order to attempt to recover important documents. The bios recognizes both sata hds as masters and I am unable to boot my system due to the fact that it is recognizing the bad hard drive OS. the good sata and OS is IDE channel 2 master and the bad hard drive is IDE Channel 3 master. how do I make that one a slave sata?

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#1
September 18, 2010 at 15:51:15
With SATA there is no "master/slave" relationship.

If bios is set to boot your current drive but will not boot with the second drive connected then it may be that drive has more than just a data corruption problem.

I gather it will boot up into bios since you say it is listed in the drives, or is it only shown in the initial boot sequence but fails to complete even a BIOS bootup?

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#2
September 18, 2010 at 16:13:23
Hi Richard and thanks for your response. When I go inot the BIOS, both hard drives are recognized and listed as masters. Upon actual windows boot....it looks for DMI pool and says, "Trying to boot from disc... that was the same error I got when the original drive crashed. I purchased a new drive and loaded the OS. Computer works fine with new hard drive, but won't boot past the windows loading screen with both drives in system.

The computer will run fine through BIOS and then gets the windows writing at lower screen with like the vista progress bar that has the flow through it. It almost appears that it boots all the way...but I can't see any of it. I don't understand how even with a good OS on my first Sata drive, it is still not booting. It should boot to windows and then recognize the 2nd drive. It almost seems as if my old drive is corrupting the new drive during startup

Any suggestions on how to get this old "crashed" drive shown and recovered?


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#3
September 18, 2010 at 16:39:24
Re-check the boot order in BIOS. It sounds like it is trying to boot the wrong disk.

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#4
September 18, 2010 at 17:02:35
thanks richard. i did that....but it only lists hard drive under the boot menu.....does not give me the option to select which hard drive

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#5
September 18, 2010 at 17:11:13
Switch the SATA data cables and try again. One of them is connector 1 and the other is connector 2

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