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BIOS slow to start after adding HD


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#1 madman6510

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 04:55 PM

I just got a new hard drive, and I've noticed that right after I installed it, the BIOS became VERY slow to detect the hard drives. I've swapped the SATA cables (it always finds drive 0 almost instantly, then takes 30+ seconds to find drive 1), and it still doesn't help, reinstalled Windows, but it seems that whenever there's 2 hard drives, the second one is always just REALLY slow to detect. The computer used to start loading the OS around 10 seconds after I hit the power button, now it takes almost a minute just to start loading Windows.

From the second I hit the power button:
It takes 17 seconds for anything to show up on screen.
After the BIOS starts, it goes through everything really fast, then it detects the first hard disk, then stops for about 34.9 seconds (I timed it :thumbsup:), finally detects the second hard disk, the screen flickers, the BIOS shows up for a split second, (the flicker and second glimpse of the BIOS lasts about 3.5 seconds) then Windows finally starts loading.

Does anyone know what might cause the BIOS to take this long to detect a second hard drive?

Additional info:
First hard drive (plugged into SATA 0) is a 250GB WD.
Second hard drive (plugged into SATA 1) is a 1.5TB Seagate.
Computer is a Lenovo
Video card is a Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS.
Computer has plenty of power, 700w PSU.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 02:35 PM

I just got a new hard drive, and I've noticed that right after I installed it, the BIOS became VERY slow to detect the hard drives. I've swapped the SATA cables (it always finds drive 0 almost instantly, then takes 30+ seconds to find drive 1), and it still doesn't help, reinstalled Windows, but it seems that whenever there's 2 hard drives, the second one is always just REALLY slow to detect. The computer used to start loading the OS around 10 seconds after I hit the power button, now it takes almost a minute just to start loading Windows.

From the second I hit the power button:
It takes 17 seconds for anything to show up on screen.
After the BIOS starts, it goes through everything really fast, then it detects the first hard disk, then stops for about 34.9 seconds (I timed it :thumbsup:), finally detects the second hard disk, the screen flickers, the BIOS shows up for a split second, (the flicker and second glimpse of the BIOS lasts about 3.5 seconds) then Windows finally starts loading.

Does anyone know what might cause the BIOS to take this long to detect a second hard drive?

Additional info:
First hard drive (plugged into SATA 0) is a 250GB WD.
Second hard drive (plugged into SATA 1) is a 1.5TB Seagate.
Computer is a Lenovo
Video card is a Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS.
Computer has plenty of power, 700w PSU.


Try flashing?

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 02:37 PM

Have you tried flashing the bios?

You said you swapped the cables, but are you sure the first hard drive is on channel 0 (maybe 1 on some motherboards) , and the new hard drive is on the channel immediately after, most likely 1?
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Posted 07 August 2009 - 10:39 PM

Have you tried flashing the bios?

You said you swapped the cables, but are you sure the first hard drive is on channel 0 (maybe 1 on some motherboards) , and the new hard drive is on the channel immediately after, most likely 1?


Wow, way to uh, just ignore my post. Will you stop doing that in every thread I post?

#5 hamluis

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 10:10 AM

To Ohai...if you bother looking at the post times...you will see that Sterling just happened to be making his post...about the same time that you made yours.

Lose the conspiracy theory, please...it's not warranted.

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 11:24 AM

To Ohai...if you bother looking at the post times...you will see that Sterling just happened to be making his post...about the same time that you made yours.

Lose the conspiracy theory, please...it's not warranted.

Louis

Yeeeeeeeeeno. it doesn't take 3 minutes to type "try flashing?"

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 01:38 PM

Have it your way.

Does anyone have anything else pertinent to the thread originally raised?

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 07:09 PM

A BIOS flash seemed to fix the problem, thanks.




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