Posted 05 October 2014 - 11:56 PM
Hello, first let me say thank you for taking the time to try to help me. So let's do the specs.
Computer: Dell Optiplex 745 pretty much stock
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate
BIOS: Dell System 2.3.1
Used hard drive: Western Digital Scorpio Blue WB3200BEVT-75A23T0 320GB SATA
Stock hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB
Processor: Intel Core 2 2.13 GHz NH82801HB L6485A57 SL9MN
Motherboard: stock Dell whatever they put in it
Video Card: there's one added and I don't feel like pulling it out but I will if need be
RAM: 2GB stock with 4GB I added making 6GB total (math skills at work)
I hope those were the specs needed, I pretty much know enough to get myself in trouble : / So let's do the story. I was talking to a dude and I was like; Me: "hey dude, I wanna make my piece of crap Dell a hackintosh duel booting osX and Windows 7." Dude: "Here's a used hard drive." Me: "Sweeeeeet." So I plugged the newly acquired drive into the provided hole using the provided power ribbon that was dangling just begging to power something and then plugged in the SATA cable "dude" gave me. Started up the computer and it got stuck at the Dell ummmm splash screen? Maybe? Where it says press F2 to do something and F12 for something else, you know what I'm talking about. Anywho I entered BIOS and the port in which the used drive was connected said "Controller = Serial ATA ł Port = SATA 4 ł Drive ID = Unknown" to which I said "@*#$" (sorry kids) so I moved the cable to port SATA 1 with the same results other than BIOS now saying "Port = SATA 1" ... Obviously. So now I'm wondering if this used hard drive has stuff on it like maybe an OS or something so i unplug my factory disk and let 'er rip, nothing bootable. So back to BIOS and low and behold I can now see the used drive's ID and capacity yaaaay. So I plug both drives back in now with the cables and ports crossed, the used drive's info is unknown once again. I found that I can in fact load windows by choosing SATA drive from the boot menu. Windows loads and I can tell it's being sluggish, I cannot find the used drive in "Computer", nor can I find it in Control Panel-Admin Tools-Storage-Disk Manager. So now I'm really thinking.... I smelled smoke so I stopped.... I then went to Western Digital's website and downloaded their diagnostic tool but to my dismay it would not detect the used drive either. Now I'm just puzzled, I would assume the drive is ok, the cable and port is ok, and it's probably a BIOS setting or some stupid conflict of sorts, my knowledge of the matter is expended and I need help (with the computer too).