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OS Boot problem with multiple hard drives

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  • Started 7 years ago by ScottMW
  • Latest reply from ispalten
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So I have installed windows 7 64 bit on a hard drive that is plugged in through the IDE port. The optical drive and the other two hard drives are plugged in through the SATA ports. The Bios recognizes all of the drives but when I try to boot the OS it wont boot. When I unplug the other two hard drives the OS boots just fine. In the Bios I have the IDE hard drive set as the primary drive to boot and the other two as the second and third . I am wondering what I need to change so that the OS will boot from the right hard drive and the other two will be storage. Let me know if you need anymore info to help me solve this issue.


Posted 7 years ago
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Hi ScottMW. What hardware are you using?

Posted 7 years ago
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Where 'was' the OS originally installed to? Was it one of the SATA hard drives? I assume it was never installed anywhere else and you added 2 SATA drives?

Check your BIOS? I have a DELL and it is a different way than some other BIOS in determining the boot order. I have to make changes in TWO places. One is the order of boot, but it is done in GROUPS, that is REMOVABLE DEVICES are set first and HARD DRIVES second in my case. Then I have to go to the GROUP settings and select devices and drives to be included and in what order. You might need to do the same?

In most BIOS's you do have a boot order, you set up your order by moving the devices around in the list and then save the settings and it works.

One thing to try, since the SATA drives will be storage, remove them from the BOOT ORDER, see if that works?

Irv S.

Posted 7 years ago

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