BIOS won't recognize 2nd SATA drive

October 14, 2011 at 05:00:31
Specs: Windows 7
Problem adding 2nd SATA drive, won't boot...already have XP loaded on 1 SATA drive, it works fine. When I add 2nd SATA drive 320G, pc won't boot. Tried putting in SATA driver disk, hitting F6...kb won't respond. No setting in BIOS to check

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#1
October 14, 2011 at 05:50:12
What is on the second drive? Is it a bootable drive from another computer? Is is blank/unformatted? Is your first hard drive attached to SATA 0 (it probably should be)? Make sure in your BIOS that the drive is not listed in the boot order, at least until you install an OS, or are about to. Make sure that the drive is recognized in your BIOS. Try reversing the signal cable or replacing it with another one and try a different power connector if one is available. Make sure you did not dislodge the cable from the original drive while installing then second one.
Post back results.

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


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#2
October 19, 2011 at 01:24:21
It's a blank, unformatted drive. When new drive is connected, BIOS generates error on startup, doesn't detect EITHER drive; tried switching SATA ports, cables...no change. Remove new drive...original drive starts up fine...on either port.

Didn't try a diff power cable though...will try next.
Thanks!


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#3
October 19, 2011 at 04:19:49
It is possible that your computer has JUST enough power (power supply) to power what it has, but even a second hard drive is too much for the power supply (unlikely but possible).
OR if you can get into your BIOS with both hard drives installed, check your boot order to make sure the correct drive is listed in boot order and the other is not (or lower down if you will need that option later).
OR it is possible that the 2nd hard drive has a short in it and that is causing the problem, the only way to be sure is to try it on another computer. If it is new, return it for replacement.

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


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#4
October 20, 2011 at 01:03:31
Thank you for all your suggestions...much appreciated!!

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