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Windows 7: I removed a hdd and then placed it back no windows 7 is not loading.


02 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home x64 & Windows XP Pro x86
 
 
I removed a hdd and then placed it back no windows 7 is not loading.

Quick description. i Removed the HDD froma computer, plugged it into a different pc then back. windows failed to load. now, HDD is unplugged and windows 7 starts up ok.

More Info,

-i placed a 3tb seagate drive into an enclosure and plugged the enclosure into a windows xp x86 system. the hdd was not valid.
- I loaded up my Windows 7 pc without the drive attached.
- I plugged the enclosure into my Windows 7 pc. It worked.
- I put the HDD back into the Windows 7 pc internally.
- Windows did not start up. It got stuck on the pulsating windows logo. I waited 15 minutes and the turned the machine off.
- I loaded up the winxp sp3 dual boot on my Windows 7 machine. i did not install any new hardware,
- Restart of the computer. I selected Windows 7 and a pre windows message said that winodws could not load. 2 options were given. 1/ attempt to fix and 2/ load windows normally.
- I selected to attempt a fix, it could not fix the issue.
- I then attempted to load as normal... it failed. i again turned the machine off.
- i removed the HDD from my Windows 7 machine. it seemed that i had unplugged my reset swith io jumper. when i initially removed the hdd.
- I switched on the pc and it started up as normal.

Thank you for your time and patience.


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02 Jun 2012   #2

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Trying to get a picture of this...

There are 3 machines:
  1. A PC with 2 OS's (Windows 7 & XP) - PC#1
  2. A PC with XP only - PC#2
  3. An External enclosure
There are 3 Hard Drives:
  1. A primary drive in PC #1 with Windows 7 & XP on it
  2. A primary drive in PC #2
  3. A 3TB secondary drive that is the "traveler" between the 3 machines.
Questions:
  1. What is on the secondary (3TB) drive? Is there an OS on that drive?
  2. Did the contents of the 3TB drive change from the time it was in PC#1 to the time it was in the enclosure?
  3. What is the boot order in the BIOS on PC#1? Does it boot from USB before HDD?
  4. Is the 3TB drive marked as "Active" in Disk Management?
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02 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home x64 & Windows XP Pro x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Trying to get a picture of this...

There are 3 machines:
  1. A PC with 2 OS's (Windows 7 & XP) - PC#1
  2. A PC with XP only - PC#2
  3. An External enclosure
There are 3 Hard Drives:
  1. A primary drive in PC #1 with Windows 7 & XP on it
  2. A primary drive in PC #2
  3. A 3TB secondary drive that is the "traveler" between the 3 machines.
Questions:
  1. What is on the secondary (3TB) drive? Is there an OS on that drive?
  2. Did the contents of the 3TB drive change from the time it was in PC#1 to the time it was in the enclosure?
  3. What is the boot order in the BIOS on PC#1? Does it boot from USB before HDD?
  4. Is the 3TB drive marked as "Active" in Disk Management?
1. Nothing. No OS. It was meant as a storage drive.
2. Unknown, but unlikely considering its a formatted but empty drive.
3. boot order is only boot drive then cdrom. unchanged.
4. it was initially, but after i took it out then put it back in. i doubt it changed. i couldnt get into windows to see anyway. driveis disconnected at the moment.

thank you for your time by the way.
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02 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonesie85 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Trying to get a picture of this...

There are 3 machines:
  1. A PC with 2 OS's (Windows 7 & XP) - PC#1
  2. A PC with XP only - PC#2
  3. An External enclosure
There are 3 Hard Drives:
  1. A primary drive in PC #1 with Windows 7 & XP on it
  2. A primary drive in PC #2
  3. A 3TB secondary drive that is the "traveler" between the 3 machines.
Questions:
  1. What is on the secondary (3TB) drive? Is there an OS on that drive?
  2. Did the contents of the 3TB drive change from the time it was in PC#1 to the time it was in the enclosure?
  3. What is the boot order in the BIOS on PC#1? Does it boot from USB before HDD?
  4. Is the 3TB drive marked as "Active" in Disk Management?
1. Nothing. No OS. It was meant as a storage drive.
2. Unknown, but unlikely considering its a formatted but empty drive.
3. boot order is only boot drive then cdrom. unchanged.
4. it was initially, but after i took it out then put it back in. i doubt it changed. i couldnt get into windows to see anyway. driveis disconnected at the moment.

thank you for your time by the way.
Try this tutorial: Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot
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03 Jun 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

The ACTIVE flag will remain on the partition on the external drive until you manually remove it. Unplugging it does not change anything.

I would try removing the active flag:
If there is no data on the drive then you can just delete the partition in Disk Management, creating just unallocated space. Then create a new volume (partition) and format it NTFS, but don't make it Active.

To do this you should have the drive in the enclosure (since you can use it with Windows 7 that way). I can't say this will solve the problem but we have seen Windows balk at 2 active drives on a system.

If the drive does have data on it then you can remove the active flag this way:
Partition - Mark as Inactive
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07 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home x64 & Windows XP Pro x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
The ACTIVE flag will remain on the partition on the external drive until you manually remove it. Unplugging it does not change anything.

I would try removing the active flag:
If there is no data on the drive then you can just delete the partition in Disk Management, creating just unallocated space. Then create a new volume (partition) and format it NTFS, but don't make it Active.

To do this you should have the drive in the enclosure (since you can use it with Windows 7 that way). I can't say this will solve the problem but we have seen Windows balk at 2 active drives on a system.

If the drive does have data on it then you can remove the active flag this way:
Partition - Mark as Inactive
hello, i tried using the enclosure to access the drive. i then deleted the partition and then i re partitioned it to maximum however. the enclosure only allows 750ish gb hdd maimum. i tried plugging the hdd through the usb enclosure on a system startup to see what happens. the machine pops up saying something about appropriate boot drive location. in the bios it isnt set as a bootable hdd. even though my boot order has hdd as 1st boot in the list of bootable hdd's i have disabled the seagate 3tb hdd.

i have used seagates discwizard software on the drive. to create a partition. no success. i would attache the drive to my second machine but it is windows xp and also does not recognise more than 750gbs of the 3000gb hdd.

NOTE: Enclosure = Sumvision 3.5" Apex USB 3.0 External SATA HDD Enclosure

thank you for your time and patience.
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07 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This info may be helpful to you, regarding drives larger than 2TB:

Everything You Need to Know About 3TB Hard Drives | PCWorld
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07 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home x64 & Windows XP Pro x86
 
 

the hdd initially formatted on my Windows 7 machine at the full 3tb single partition and i was able to transfer data to the drive so i believe that my machine can handle a 3tb drive. anyway got any other suggestions or translations?
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07 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well I think if you installed and used it only on the Windows 7 64 bit machine then you would have no problems/issues, as Windows 7 64 handles that size out-of-the-box.

But using it in a portable manner will likely result in some issues (formatted with a single 3TB partition).
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07 Jun 2012   #10

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Can you post a screenshot of the Disk Management window that shows the external drive?
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