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#1 Vox98

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 07:21 PM

Hello,

I have been having some problems with my main HDD. Sometimes I would start my computer and win 7 would hang before it goes to the windows starting screen. I would go into BIOS and my drive would not even show. This has been happening numerous times.... Long story short, I decided to purchase a new drive, install a fresh copy of Win 7 and use the old drive to transfer my saved files over. Bought an HDD Enclosure to use externally but that keeps asking me to format my drive when i connect it, which i cannot do yet until I retrieve the files I need. So what I do is hook up the drive to my comp and set BIOS to read from the new drive first. (These are SATA by the way) But for some reason as soon as I have this drive plugged in internally it hangs at the Windows starting screen... How do I get this drive to act as a slave drive to retrieve some of my files?

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 06:12 AM

If the HDD by itself is having trouble running normally, I doubt if a Linux based LiveCD will be helpful in this regard.

Unlike IDE drives, the BIOS settings should be enough to make the computer boot from the new drive first.
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 05:36 PM

So why would it hang if I have it set to boot from the new drive?

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 03:27 AM

When you were trying to read from the new drive (internal), did you still have the old drive(in the ext. enclosure) connected to the computer?
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