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Windows 7: No boot after switching HDD Sata order on Mobo

29 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
No boot after switching HDD Sata order on Mobo

Hi all,

After putting in a second GPU -- which now covers 3 of my Sata ports -- I was forced to switch my drive order around. I was able to boot successfully with 2 of them, but oddly not 3. So I removed my System Reserve drive, setting C: to the active drive, figuring that would clear things up. Then plugged in my 3rd drive into that spot leaving just 2 drives, but windows still does not boot.

I checked boot order in BIOS, but I still get boot error. Windows will only boot when I remove the drive leaving only the OS drive.

I know a reinstall will solve my problems, but I need to avoid that at all costs.

Please forgive me if this is a repost. I tried searching put couldn't find any answers.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

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29 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Try a startup repair and run it 3 seperate times...

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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29 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hi seth500. Thanks for your reply!
I've already run through this with no such luck :-/
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30 Aug 2011   #4

 

Physically remove all your hard drives except the one with windows installed and reboot; lets see what happens.
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30 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hi Kipper,
When all other drives are removed, except the drive with windows, everything boots up with no issues
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30 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm wondering if any of your other disks is set to active what kind of error message is it saying? "Missing operating system" or what?
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30 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It's something along the lines of this:
"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media then press any key to continue"

I'm not certain that's exactly the message but it's very close. I can confirm once I get home.

You might be right about the 2nd drive being set to active. I haven't checked that yet. I will check in diskpart later and will confirm!
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30 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Ok, so I was able to repair the boot sector via the Windows 7 disk. I assumed I had taken care of that via: BCDBOOT c:\windows /s C:
After repair, computer booted up fine with both drives. I then rebooted and got the same error message.

"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key."

But this time I was able to press a key and boot to windows OK with both disks.
So now my issue is removing this boot error.
Any ideas?
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