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Windows 7: Window 7 boot up problem

04 Feb 2011   #1

widows 7 prof x64
Window 7 boot up problem

I just tried to install an old IDE hard drive (via a SATA converter card ) as a slave and managed to screw up windows 7 boot-up. The system initially booted up fine but didn't see the new drive. After checking to see if all the ports were enabled in the bias I tried again. The system then didn't see any hard drives. I pulled out the IDE and re-started. The system now will see the boot hard drive but will not boot in either safe or normal modes. Does anybody have a clue to what is going on?

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04 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP


Check that the Windows 7 HD is set to boot first in BIOS setup, after DVD drive.

Make sure Windows 7 or it's 100mb System Rserved boot partition are marked Active, then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Make sure no BIOS settings including SATA controller were changed. If repairs still don't work, try resetting the CMOS:
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04 Feb 2011   #3

widows 7 prof x64
Found Hard Drive Problem

I found my problem. At least the boot problem. The SATA in the BIOS was emulating IDE instead of AHCI. I changed it back and now my system is booting. I still could not get the BIOS to see my IDE slave drive.
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04 Feb 2011   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Probably with the SATA to IDE converter card, the jumper on the IDE HD needs to be set to Master, not slave, not cable select.
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