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Windows 7: Windows 7 on new SSD. One HDD OK, 2 HDDs Windows can't start

30 Sep 2012   #1
FlemmingK

Windows 7 32 bit (laptop) 64 bit (desktop)
 
 
Windows 7 on new SSD. One HDD OK, 2 HDDs Windows can't start

I bought a 128 GB Samsung SSD. Connected it to the GSATA3_6 connector on my Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4 MB.
Removed old C drive disconnected One HDD from from one of the SATA2 connectors.
Left with the SSD on GSATA3_6 and a HDD on GSATA3_7, I managed to recover a system image to the SSD (drive C.There were some problems with drive letters which I solved. Windows worked OK.
When I reconnected the second data HDD to one of SATA2_0 through SATA2_5, I first got an error: Cannot read disk. Windows wouldn't boot.
Tried a lot of options with diskpart.exe, bootsect.exe etc.
Windows will change the drive letter of my SSD, I loose my boot manager and everything goes wrong.
Finally got Windows working again with just the one HDD.
Anything to do with the SATA port numbers? I remember that the boot drive had to be connected to the IDE port 0 in the IDE days.
Any idea what goes wrong?


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30 Sep 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If I read that correctly, you installed to the SSD with an HDD also connected (GSATA3_7).

Is that right?

If so, bad move. You've probably got some boot files on the HDD when they should all be on the SSD.

Simplest thing to do would be to start over, but I think it's correctable.
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30 Sep 2012   #3
gregrocker

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings with all drives plugged in:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, draw a box around full map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.

When installed correctly from boot or imaged over correctly Win7 should always boot as C. When another HD OS boots it will change that OS to another letter. A newly-introduced HD must be set to boot first if it has an OS containing its own boot files. We need to see to make sure.
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01 Oct 2012   #4
FlemmingK

Windows 7 32 bit (laptop) 64 bit (desktop)
 
 

Thanks Gregrocker

Problem solved.
Windows couldn't start with the second HDD nstalled so I put it in a USB connected cradle and ran Disk Management.
I could see that it was marked active.
I made it inactive with diskpart.exe.

I am all yours
Flemmng Knudsen


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings with all drives plugged in:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, draw a box around full map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.

When installed correctly from boot or imaged over correctly Win7 should always boot as C. When another HD OS boots it will change that OS to another letter. A newly-introduced HD must be set to boot first if it has an OS containing its own boot files. We need to see to make sure.
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