HDD found in one part of bios but cant make bootable

July 3, 2013 at 02:09:05
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Gateway DX4380g-uw308....

installed second sata hdd with win 7 priorly installed

in my bios under the category "miscellaneous" it list all attached hdd/dvd/cd drives
In this catagory, it lists both hdds

Go to boot options
Go to choose which hdd to boot from

second HDD not listed only the orginal HDD listed

disconnect original HDD
start pc, check bios...

"miscellaneous" list HDD
Boot options does not


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July 3, 2013 at 02:49:31
Does it recognized in Windows?

You know the real meaning of peace only if you have been through the war.

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July 3, 2013 at 04:51:50
"installed second sata hdd with win 7 priorly installed"

Was Win7 installed while the HDD was in the Gateway? If not, it probably wouldn't boot anyway. Can you boot into Windows from the original HDD when both are connected?

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July 3, 2013 at 09:18:38
Why this way of doing things? You'll need to activate Windows 7 on the new machine (assuming that the disk is bootable - it doesn't sound as if it is). To do this you are going to need a valid, unused key. So just use this key to do a fresh install of Windows 7; it'll save a lot of problems in the long run.

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July 3, 2013 at 10:11:03
Yes, it is recognized in windows.

THis is not about running an unlicensed copy of windows. I todl you that about it having windows on it so you would know that it is a working hdd. Nothing more.

The problem is not that I cant run windows from the drive....

It is that I cant even put a BRAND NEW formated drive on the system and be able to find it so I can boot from it.

Please..read my problem and understand it BEFORE you give me your assumptions on what i an trying to do instead of answer relating to what I AM doing.

What good is buying a new 2tb hdd to replace a 650gb hdd if that 2tb is not able to be booted from?

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July 3, 2013 at 10:45:25
Just because you have Windows on a drive doesn't mean that drive is bootable; it depends upon the conditions under which it was installed on that drive. I am making no assumptions about what you are trying to do, so stop shouting - such overreactive defensive behaviour is a trifle suspicious. I am pointing out that if the installation was done on a different machine then it will require reactivation.

You seem to be coming up with new information now. This is a drive that you bought to replace a previous one on the same computer? So how did you clone the OS to the new drive? Unless done properly this can very easily lead to an unbootable disk. Windows will recognize the drive, as will the BIOS, it just won't be able to boot off it.

As I said before, the easiest solution is just to reinstall Windows 7, or do a repair install. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run. But if you want to shout rather than doing that it's no skin off my nose. Have fun!

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July 23, 2013 at 20:59:50
Wow, is this a site people come to for help from people that know what they are doing....or a site to come to to have people ignore your problem and talk about somethign that has nothign to do with the problem???

Please stop telling me how to get a working copy of WINDOWS.
Forget I even said it had anythign ON it because it doesnt matters

My problem is as follows...

#1 I plug the drive into the PC.
#2 The BIOS does not see the drive.
#3 This means the BIOS only sees one drive not two

This means that I can not have a secondary hard drive on my computer to do what ever I want with.

Now, to answer your question, ijack
I have win7 on it because it is a drive from another computer.
Now, please address my issue and not the wether the drive has win7, win8, Vista, XP, 98, 95, or even 3.11 on it. It doesnt matter.

The drive is not being seen by the BIOS...what is on the drive does not determine wether the BIOS sees it or not.

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