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Silly SATA HDD's

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#1 JonMuckyMuck


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Posted 12 February 2010 - 05:01 PM

So I have (in my opinion) a very strange problem going on with my machine.

First thing is first...my MB is an ECS C51PVGM-M. It has 2 on board sata connections. Recently i found a good deal on a 1 TB HDD.

Backed up my old OS, installed the 1 TB HDD... recovered my OS and all files to it and wiped the old 320 gig I was using and was going to set it up on the other sata for a little extra storage.

My problem is that my bios and/or windows 7 will not recognize the newly wiped 320 gig HDD on the secondary connection...at all.

If I switch the connections my bios will recognize both HDD's but wont allow me to boot into windows 7 because the main HDD now (1TB) was installed on the other connection.

I know i could back it all up to my external, switch the connections, and then restore to the 1 TB again but that takes a good 8 hours and didnt know if there MIGHT be an easier fix.

Any help is appreciated.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 12 February 2010 - 07:43 PM

Connections have nothing to do with boot order of SATA drives...that is determined by how you set up your BIOS.

I think your problem is that your Windows 7 bootloader...is on the original drive, while it is not on the newer drive. The Windows 7 bootloader acts similarly to the XP boot.ini...no boot.ini/bootloader on drive, no boot.

If you had cloned your original drive and all contents...to the larger hard drive, it would have included the Win 7 bootloader files.

I can't suggest a program to use for cloning on Win 7...I haven't gotten that far in my learning yet.


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