Computer won't boot w/ 2nd HD installed

October 20, 2012 at 14:47:59
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, Athlon II X2 4GB DDR3
I had a computer fail recently and I am attempting to access the data from the old Western Digital HD on my new computer. Both are Win 7 Home Premium and both are SATA HDs.

When I install the old WD HD into SATA port 2 the computer will not boot past the "Starting Windows" screen. I went into the BIOS and made sure that the main HD (which is a Seagate) is the primary boot method, but it still will not boot. I am sure that I am probably just not configuring it properly. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!


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#1
October 20, 2012 at 16:14:51
In addition to the boot order you have the ability to designate a drive as bootable or not. Make sure that the second hard drive is not bootable and does not appear as an option on the boot order. Then you should be fine.

Understand that it is possible that the hard drive is fried and a short in it or its circuit board is causing the freezing. If the above does not work, this is a possibility.

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#2
October 20, 2012 at 17:19:06
Thanks so much for the reply - the old WD HDD is bootable b/c it is from the old computer that no longer boots up at all - your insight is very interesting b/c now I'm suspecting that this HDD may be the cause of the old computer not booting?

I had originally thought this not to be the case b/c it shows up in the BIOS on other systems - it shows up in the BIOS as a bootable device but I tried placing it further down on the boot order and also tried selecting the new Seagate HDD from the boot menu - neither worked - I had to unplug it in order to boot - how do I designate the old HDD to no longer be a bootable device?

Thanks again!


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#3
October 21, 2012 at 00:59:54
-Download Slacko Puppy (115 MB) then burn it to a CD or DVD
http://puppylinux.org/main/Download...
-Insert the disk and boot from optical drive
-From Slacko desktop u will see all your hard drives, click them to browse your files.

If the old drive failed to show or u can't access it try to remove the new hdd(leave the old drive) and boot with Slacko Puppy.
If still can't access the drive then it is bad.

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#4
October 21, 2012 at 02:58:50
Hi Skyno,

are straps involved with these disks?

If so, you may have to set them on *BOTH* disks.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#5
October 21, 2012 at 16:13:04
are straps involved with these disks?

If so, you may have to set them on *BOTH* disks.

I'm going to show my lack of knowledge and admit that I don't know what this means. I did a quick search and still couldn't figure it out. Please do elaborate on this or link to an explanation if you don't mind though, as maybe this will be the solution & I always want to learn.

Regarding the Linux boot, I did that and the drive shows up, but it hangs & I get an error when I try to access. After waiting for a long time, I can access a very limited amount of the drive but unlike the other drives it lists that one as "system reserved" - don't know what that means - it's looking like the HDD is likely bad - I think I'm giving up on Western Digital - 2nd HDD failure in 2 years!

Thanks for all the help on this so far!


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#6
October 21, 2012 at 17:44:07
Update!

Using the Slacko Puppy boot disk, I got the old computer to boot, but only after replacing the RAM. However, even w/ the new RAM, I could not get it to boot w/ the old HDD. This leads me to believe that I simultaneously had both faulty RAM and HDD. What are the odds of both of these going bad at the same time? Could 1 have ruined the other?

One other question for the experts: Can anybody think of a possible way to enable be to access the old HDD and see what data I may be able to recover from it? I had most of it backed up, but I would like to see if there is anything important that I missed. I know there are supposed to be utilities for this sort of thing, but i can't get Windows 7 to boot w/ the old HDD hooked up. Is there possibly a utility that exists in the Slacko Puppy OS? I looked but couldn't find one - I am not knowledgeable at all in LINUX.

Thanks again!


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