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Freshly installed Win7 drive not booting


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#1 benny269

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:12 AM

Hi

I've recently had a major issue with my Acer 6920G laptop as described here. Short story is the laptop didn't boot, I had to remove the drive and use a desktop to format it and reinstall Windows 7. Now when connected to the desktop I can boot from this drive into Windows 7 normally and happily. However, when I connect the drive back to the laptop the boot process gets to the Windows logo screen and a few seconds later it flashes a BSOD for an instant (too short to read it) and reboots.

Since I've formatted and reinstalled the drive, I don't think it's a software issue (there was only an EISA configured 3 gig partition left on the drive but I think this is the old recovery partition which I couldn't remove for some reason). This makes me think it must be a hardware isse but I have minimal knowledge in this area. Looking for any help as to what it could be, how I can confirm this and (if worthwhile) how I can resolve it.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:54 AM

<<Short story is the laptop didn't boot, I had to remove the drive and use a desktop to format it and reinstall Windows 7. Now when connected to the desktop I can boot from this drive into Windows 7 normally and happily. However, when I connect the drive back to the laptop the boot process gets to the Windows logo screen and a few seconds later it flashes a BSOD for an instant (too short to read it) and reboots.>>

You cannot install Windows on one system...and then move the hard drive to another system.

The driver and settings are different...the license is different...and Microsoft views this as violating their right to protect license rightx.

I would not expect such a hard drive to work as a boot drive...in a different system.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:57 AM

When you take a hdd with a Windows OS installed on it that you have been using on one computer and then install it as a master in another computer you are asking for major problems. The excerpt below is from a Intel article which describes in detail what happens. The article also mentions a reference to an article by Microsoft, it can be seen here .

"Moving a hard drive with Windows* 2000 or Windows XP* already installed to a new motherboard without reinstalling the operating system is not recommended.

If a hard drive is moved to a new computer, the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer you may not be able to start Windows. This is documented in Microsoft's knowledge base article. This is true even if you move the hard drive to a motherboard with the same chipset, as different hardware revisions can cause this issue as well.

Additionally, moving a hard drive to a new motherboard may not exhibit any errors until you install new IDE drivers. This is because each chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you move your motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error."

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

Both very helpful posts. Thank you. I did not know this.

Moving a hard drive with Windows* 2000 or Windows XP* already installed to a new motherboard without reinstalling the operating system is not recommended.


This part isn't fully clear to me. I did reinstall the operating system. Just did it with the HDD connected to the desktop. Is this a one way error that damages hardware? If I was able to reconnect the HDD to the laptop and reinstall Win7 there, would that resolve my issue? The only reason I didn't do this in the first place is that the laptop wouldn't run the boot CD so I'm not sure how to do this anyway.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:15 AM

This part isn't fully clear to me. I did reinstall the operating system. Just did it with the HDD connected to the desktop.


The installation of the Windows operating system needs to be made with the hdd in the computer which it will be operated from.

Is this a one way error that damages hardware?


This would not damage any hardware, but it can cause enough problems that it would require a fresh installation in order to correct.

The only reason I didn't do this in the first place is that the laptop wouldn't run the boot CD so I'm not sure how to do this anyway.


If you were not able to boot from the installation CD I would suggest that you make sure that the CD-ROM is the first device in the boot order in the BIOS. If it isn't the computer will try to boot from the hdd containing the operating system.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:28 AM

Thank you dc3 for putting this into plain English! Having installed Windows wrongly with the HDD in another computer, I managed to at least get into the BIOS when hooked up to the laptop in the right place. That meant I could get my boot order sorted to run the CD and run a full reinstall with the HDD hooked up correctly and ultimately resolve the whole issue. Home run!

Thanks to all again. Much appreciated.

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