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Old 12-29-2012, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Boot failure only with secondary HDD installed?

I have been running a new build for about 2 weeks. [components are in signature].
I tried installing a secondary HDD. It's just a standard WD 1Tb 7200rpm HDD.

With the WD HDD connected to power and SATA cable, my computer will stall at boot up right at the Windows 7 screen when the four colors converge and "pulse" as the Windows logo.

If I disconnect the power and SATA to the WD HDD, the computer will boot to windows fine. I tried this several times.

Any ideas?
Could it be the SATA3 cable connected to the WD HDD?
Do I need to format the HDD first somehow?

Thanks for any feedback.


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Old 12-29-2012, 03:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is AHCI enabled? Was it enabled during Windows install? Make sure your OS drive is set as the boot drive.

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Old 12-29-2012, 04:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Try formatting the drive first. Use GParted:
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