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Added hard drive now windows will not boot


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#1 Doug E Fresh

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 12:18 PM

So, I've added a second hard drive to my Windows machine and now it will not boot up. I added the new hard drive on SATA 3. The original is SATA 1, and my DVD is SATA 0. This is how it's always been; I've changed nothing else. I don't have any idea where to start fixing this. I have a dual boot with Ubuntu on the same SATA drive 1, and that boots just fine. I switched on the new hard drive in the BIOS, and flipped a few other options on and off to no avail.

When the computer boots I choose the Win7 install. Then it will take me to a screen that asks me if I want to start windows normally, or do a disk repair. Starting normally gets you nowhere, it will just end up resetting the computer. Starting the disk check will do a scan for a few minutes and then ask me if I want to send an error report. Clicking yes or no doesn't seem to matter because after that the only option is to shutdown or reboot.

When this first started I at one point had the option to do a system restore, but I didn't think it was necessary so I didn't. I no longer receive that option or I would try it at this point. Any help or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 02:45 PM

I did a factory restore on my BIOS and Windows now boots. I think it may have been that 'Virtualization' was switched on. Not sure, but it works now.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:15 PM

Something in BIOS was most likely not jiving with the new drive. Glad you got it fixed though. :)
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