Solved why aren't two working hdd's booting in new build?

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February 6, 2015 at 18:39:46
Specs: Windows 7, 4.0GHz / 8
I just built an everything brand new computer, it boots to bios fine, then says both of my hdd's (1 brand new, 1 old) need to be repaired And will not boot Windows. Both hdd's work fine in old computer, any ideas? Beyond frustrated

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February 6, 2015 at 22:39:48
"I had to install the operating system on the new hdd from the old comp"
Thought it must be something like that. We have to find a way of getting the bios set to boot from the correct media.

"The new mobo won't let me choose to boot from cd/dvd drive"
Can you upload a photo of all your bios settings please.

If you see AHCI mode in the bios, try the other settings.



#1
February 6, 2015 at 19:43:28
Does the new drive have the operating system on it?

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#2
February 6, 2015 at 20:35:04
Yes i just installed win 7 ultimate, and works fine in second computer

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#3
February 6, 2015 at 20:38:29
What is exact working of the 'repair' message? It's probably coming when windows first tries to boot up and not from the bios.

Assuming they're attached correctly then the windows drive is seeing the different motherboard and isn't booting up because of the swap.

You might be able to do a 'startup repair' to get it working on the new motherboard. Some info here:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/opera...

If not, you'd need to do a fresh install of windows.


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#4
February 6, 2015 at 20:40:55
Oh, you posted while I was composing my response. So you went ahead and did a fresh install and all is well?

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#5
February 6, 2015 at 20:49:53
Says, "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. If Windows files have been damaged or configured incorrectly, start up repair can help diagnose and fix the problem. If power was interrupted during start up, choose start Windows normally". I've chose "start Windows normally" And "launch start up repair", neither working actually fix the issue, I've tried one hdd at a time in the new comp with the same result. However both work fine one at a time and hooked up at the same time in the old computer

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#6
February 6, 2015 at 21:03:24
So you're getting that message after the install on the new computer?

The specs you give seem to indicate you've got 8 gig of ram installed. Is the windows 7 version you installed the 64 bit version? If not you need to remove half the ram.

Other than that, since it's a fresh install, try doing the install again.


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#7
February 6, 2015 at 21:14:37
Yes, getting the same message with the new hdd with a clean install of win 7 ult. 64 bit

Asrock 990fx killer mobo
Fx 8370 eight core 4ghz processor
8 gb ram ddr3-1866
Radeon r7 260x graphics card

But why would both hdd's work in my old computer but not the new build?


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#8
February 6, 2015 at 22:16:33
"But why would both hdd's work in my old computer but not the new build?"
Are you saying they work as slaves?

Operating systems only work on identical motherboards.


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#9
February 6, 2015 at 22:26:31
I had to install the operating system on the new hdd from the old comp, it wouldn't let me install the o.s. on the new hdd in the new build. The new mobo won't let me choose to boot from cd/dvd drive

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February 6, 2015 at 22:39:48
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"I had to install the operating system on the new hdd from the old comp"
Thought it must be something like that. We have to find a way of getting the bios set to boot from the correct media.

"The new mobo won't let me choose to boot from cd/dvd drive"
Can you upload a photo of all your bios settings please.

If you see AHCI mode in the bios, try the other settings.


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#11
February 7, 2015 at 05:36:34
"Both hdd's work fine in old computer, any ideas?"

It sounds like you installed Windows while the HDDs were in your old computer, then transferred them to your new build. If so, that's your problem. Windows is configured for your old hardware & when it detects the different hardware in the new build, it sees it as a problem & halts. Keep the HDD in the new build, delete ALL partitions, then install Windows from scratch.

"The new mobo won't let me choose to boot from cd/dvd drive"

Then you have something mis-configured. Either the BIOS settings or your wiring.


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#12
February 7, 2015 at 05:59:08
Agreed, you must install Windows directly on the new machine, not transferred over after install. I just hope that if you have an OEM version of Windows, you have not yet activated it with Microsoft or they may give you trouble when you go to activate it again. If so, you may need to call them to activate it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#13
February 7, 2015 at 09:30:58
are you installing the motherboard drivers from the drver disk for said motherboard this could be part of problem cause it doesnt know that motherboard

Davidw


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#14
February 7, 2015 at 21:42:11
Geez yeah, you should have said you were installing it on the old computer because you couldn't get the new one to boot from DVD. I thought I'd made the problems associated with that clear in my first posting.

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#15
February 7, 2015 at 23:38:54
Save any data you may need on one of the drives, the one you aren't going to use for installing windows on, if necessary.

Stick 1 and only one hard drive in the new computer (keep it simple)that you want to hold the windows operating system, then go into the bios, under "Boot" (usually) and make sure cd/dvd option is enabled and listed before the hard drive. Boot to the dvd and install Windows fresh. As mentioned above, you cannot install windows on one system for example that has an AMD board, c-media audio, Nvidia on board graphics, etc, take it out and put it into a machine with an intel board, intel on board graphics and realtek audio, it will do just what is happening to you. You can sometimes repair it and make it work, but how you are doing it is wrong. When you get Windows installed, and rolling good on the new system, reboot a couple of times make sure it boots fine, then shut it down. Now you add the second hard drive. Boot up, if it boots up to windows fine, it will install the drivers for the 2nd hard drive and you are good to go. If you get an error on boot up after adding the second hard drive suddenly, the bios may be attempting to boot from the "2nd added hard drive" instead of the 1st one with the fresh windows install. You would have to change that in the bios, no biggee, but as you have been doing it produces the results you see. Best just to start with the one hard and then the system is not confused as to which hard drive and neither are you.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#16
February 9, 2015 at 05:16:53
Had to change the settings for the hdd's from achi mode to ide mode, was able to boot from both hdd's, thanks everyone for the timely responses, greatly appreciated

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#17
February 9, 2015 at 07:51:14
Note that IDE mode is not as fast as AHCI mode. If both are SATA drives, you should look for the underlying reason and try to fix that.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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