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

20 Jun 2015   #1

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?

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20 Jun 2015   #2

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
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20 Jun 2015   #3

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.
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22 Jun 2015   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

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

Thank you.
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22 Jun 2015   #5
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.
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