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Windows 7: Boot order random issue.

07 Oct 2011   #1
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 
Boot order random issue.

Earlier i restarted my computer as a program was miss behaving (steam).

On restart i got "windows could not start, a recent hardware or software blah blah" screen.

which i thought was odd.
restarted and it said the same, so i went into bios to check the boot order, and my SSD wasnt in the boot order, just my blu ray drive and one of my other 250gb sata2 drives.

I thought it was odd, so tried to change it, but mu SSD wouldnt show up in the drop down box, but it would show up if i pressed f8 to bring up the boot devices. and if i clicked on the SSD it would boot into windows.

I restarted to see if the problem occured again and it did..

i then removed my 2 slave drives and it booted my SSD as normal, ive since reconnected it all and it works as normal.

But cant figure out why it did that, i have ichp (think thats its name) enabled in the bios, and its worked flawlessly until just then and it works again now.

Is my SSD faulty or was it a bios blip?


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07 Oct 2011   #2
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

I'm not sure what happened, one of the experts can chime in on that but it may be one of the first signs of drive failure. Make sure everything is backed up that is important to you. Run tests on your hard drives, Seagate makes good software for that although you can go to your manufacturers website and download their hard drive tools.
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07 Oct 2011   #3
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

the SSD is less than a week old, and the other drives are currently blank, as they were formatted for my new build.

Just to add my SSD is cool as a cucumber so excess heat isnt a factor.
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07 Oct 2011   #4
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

What exactly does the error say? hardware software blah blah isn't very detailed. There are tons of startup errors. Did you get a beep code? Or perhaps an error code? I would still run a hard drive test on your SSD.
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07 Oct 2011   #5
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

It said that windows failed to start because of a recent hardware or software change, but i guess it was just trying to boot off an old C: drive that had been formatted and is now a slave.

Its a bios/boot issue not a windows issue.

running HDD tests now
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07 Oct 2011   #6
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

SSD passes
S.M.A.R.T check, short drive self test, short generic and long generic tests.
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07 Oct 2011   #7
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

If one of your formatted drives was previously a system ( or as you say C: ) drive, you might want to make sure that no partitions on your drives are marked as 'active'. Only the boot partition on your SSD should be active.
You can go to Disk Management by typing diskmgmt.msc in the Start menu's Run prompt in order to check this. It might have nothing to do with what you experienced, but it can't do any harm either.
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