Solved windows boot manager after configuring hard drives

February 13, 2014 at 07:06:08
Specs: windows 8, i7 4820k/ 4gb two 2gb sticks
This is a kind of lengry problem bit reading articles on this site have helped all of my first timer problems so far so now i come to you for support.

While building my pc with an i7 processor 4820k and a sabertooth mother board i have two storage devices connected. A 240gb ssd that has my windows 8 and drivers installed, a 2TB hdd yet to be written on, and a bd drive is also attatched to a sata port. I was trying to configure my drives in disk management because windows wasnt recognizing my hdd.

I accidentally chose to use my bd drive as the primary drive or something making it the primary boot drive even after the screen popped up warning that it would cause boot issues(its a long story how i accidentaly said yes). So in a panic i quickly changed back to my ssd. Thinking it was all ok and finally figuring out how to access my ssd i reset my computer to make sure everything stuck. after it booted back up i got this error.

windows boot manager saying my hardware or software changes made windows unablw to boot and its probably the debice its booting off and to try using the windows disc. But the disc wont stary up and i realized its not recognizing the ssd or hdd in bios. Ive tried from unplugging and replugging to Reconfiguring and nothing. any ideas what i should do. I just spent $2000 on it and am pretty upset i did this.


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February 13, 2014 at 08:25:33
The SSD should be connected to whichever SATA port is labeled #1 in the manual. Probably be best to temporarily disconnect the blueray and the 2TB. If the SSD still won't boot to Windows then reconnect the blueray and set the boot order to CD drive then hard drive. Boot to the Windows DVD and choose the repair option.


#1
February 13, 2014 at 07:26:19
What is a bd drive? CD?

So you have the boot order set correctly now?

I haven't used Windows 8 but I assume the process is similar to Windows 7. You can boot to your Windows 8 DVD or to a repair disk, if you made one, and perform the repair. You may need to re-install some Windows updates but everything else should be OK. Just be sure you are repairing and not installing new.

There are also third party utilities that can mark the SSD as active.


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February 13, 2014 at 07:39:34
Thanks for the quick reply. Sorry about that i meant my bluray drive. Im just at work so i was trying to make it quick. I got a bluray/dvd/cd reader and burner for my disc drive and thats what its registering but none of the hard drives are. But when i restart my computer with my windows install disc it doesnt even start up it just always goes straight to the error screen. And i unfortunately didnt make a repair disc. I pretty much just got it all set up when i made this mistake.

I do have the boot order set correctly now at least at least from my bios screen. And what utilities would those be? I imagine i can get it to work if i can just make the ssd active. And active was the word i tried to remember. When in disc management i accidentaly told it to make another device active. And when noticing switched it back(or so i thought) to my ssd.


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February 13, 2014 at 07:51:14
The BIOS should have 2 different settings for drive selection. First one simply sets the boot order. IE- CD drive then hard disk.

Then you must select WHICH hard disk to boot from. That will be located on a different screen. Look for it.


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#4
February 13, 2014 at 07:55:43
"I was trying to configure my drives in disk management because windows wasnt recognizing my hdd"

If the 2TB HDD is new/never used, it has to be partitioned & formated before it will be recognized by Windows. I don't know what you changed or why, but if the drives aren't being recognized by the BIOS, you most likely have a hardware problem. Try temporarily disconnecting both the the bluray & 2TB HDD & see what happens.


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#5
February 13, 2014 at 07:56:42
I think i remeber what youre talking about. Imy bios has a sata management screen and thats where i realized it was only showing my blu ray drive. Thats when i tried unplugging everything from their ports and plugging them back in to see if that would help it recognize them but to no avail. Is thers a different screen i should be looking for?

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#6
February 13, 2014 at 08:00:07
Yea i accidentaly changed which was active. I had gotten it to finally port in and format the 2tb drive but when i was trying to figure out how to change the value that it would let me write on the disc to use the full drive is when i did this.

I did unplug both and then restarted. At that point it doesnt show any device in my sata management screen


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February 13, 2014 at 08:25:33
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The SSD should be connected to whichever SATA port is labeled #1 in the manual. Probably be best to temporarily disconnect the blueray and the 2TB. If the SSD still won't boot to Windows then reconnect the blueray and set the boot order to CD drive then hard drive. Boot to the Windows DVD and choose the repair option.

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#8
February 13, 2014 at 08:30:43
Cool ill try that when i go home. Thank you for the help and ill let you know how that goes. Anymore ideas or suggestions are appreciated too ill try everyrhing i can when i get home. I appreciate your support guys.

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#9
February 13, 2014 at 15:51:48
As mentioned above, one BIOS screen allows you to choose which drives are Bootable and the other screen allows you to set the boot order. Make sure that only your SSD and optical drive are set as bootable, not the 2TB drive. As mentioned above, make sure that the 2TB drive is not plugged in when installing or repairing the Windows installation or you may find some boot parts on the larger drive which will cause all kinds of issues. I hope that this additional explanation helps you understand what you have to do better.

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


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#10
February 13, 2014 at 17:15:10
Ok so i found the options got it chanhed around and now its booting my windows disc. But when i try and run the start up repair it says the hard drive in which wondows is loaded on is locked. Anyway i can unlock it so i can start the repair?

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#11
February 14, 2014 at 04:51:36
Sounds like there is an option in the BIOS to lock the drive from booting. Enter the BIOS and look for it or consult the manual.

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