Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: System will not boot with secondary hard drive connected

20 Jun 2015   #1
FrankSavage

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
System will not boot with secondary hard drive connected

I have two hard drives, a 240 GB SSD with the OS, and a second internal hard drive, a WD black edition 2 TB drive.

Everything worked fine until I temporarily attached a friends hard drive (OS drive running Windows 7 prof) to my system in order to recover some files. After removing the friend's hard drive, my system hangs-up after the motherboard splash and will not boot. If I disconnect my WD drive, the system boots normally. If I disconnect the WD drive until the Windows logo appears, then connect the WD drive, the system boots normally, and the WD drive works fine.

What do I need to do so I don't have to disconnect/reconnect the SATA cable from my secondary drive(WD) every time I reboot the system?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
20 Jun 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Could you post a shot of Disk Management with both drives connected please.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jun 2015   #3
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

After posting the screenshot AddRAM requested, try loading defaults in BIOS (first screen or exit menu) and reset the harddisk boot order.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

22 Jun 2015   #4
FrankSavage

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

OK guys I will try to do ask you requested later when I get home.

Thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2015   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think GokAy is right. It is a problem of the BIOS boot order. On most systems you get into the BIOS settings by pressing F2 when the splash screen appears. But check on your splash screen - some systems are different.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 System will not boot with secondary hard drive connected




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Deleted System reserved partition on secondary hard drive
I've had two disks: 1- SSD drive with OS 2- HDD with 4 partitions + system reserved Because i wanted to get rid of system reserved partition i've deleted and extended one of those 4.. After that i formated and installed windows 7 x64 on my SSD. Right now the hdd partitions won't show up, and...
Backup and Restore
Windows 7 does not boot when its hard drive is connected externally
Hello, I removed my hard drive containing Windows 7 from my computer, where it boots properly. I placed the drive in an enclosure and connected it via USB. It refused to boot, instead flashing a blue screen for less than a second and then asking if I wanted to attempt system repair. Upon...
General Discussion
Secondary Hard Drive freezes system before Windows launch
My system runs Windows 7, 64bit OS. Replaced Socket 775 Mother board and CPU with Socket 1155. ASUS was manufacturer of both old and new mobos. Kept all hard drives and reinstalled them. 2 x Seagate 350Gb Sata 3.0 (one is the boot drive with OS) 1 x Western Digital Caviar Green 1.0...
Hardware & Devices
Installed W7 from secondary hard drive, now I can't boot! (pics)
I tried something new- installing W7 from a second SATA hard drive. I extracted my W7 iso from MSDNAA to the hard drive, and was able to boot from it. Then, I told the installer to install windows to my main drive. Unfortunately, it seems that Windows has incorporated my W7 iso drive (the secondary...
Installation & Setup
Unable to boot from Laptop Hard drive connected through USB SATA cable
I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. I recently developed hard drive trouble and have had to order a replacement. Instead of installing Windows 7 all over again, with all the drivers, etc., I want to clone my existing hard drive to the new one. I intend to connect one of the hard drives to my...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:43.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App