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Windows 7: HDD swapping and removing

24 Jun 2009   #1
CaLibUr

 
 
HDD swapping and removing

Hi everyone.

Recently I have installed W7 RC edition on a 320 gig SATA 2 hdd. After installation I realised that I didn't need my old IDE hdd which I had 2 of together on my motherboard. So I remove them and just keep the rest I need in.

Problem is BIOS won't detect W7 on any of my hdd when the IDE hdd are removed. I can only boot into W7 with them plugged in which is really frustrating. Although one of the IDE's has an XP partition, it shouldn't interfere. Btw my friend has had the same problem and he only has the one partition of windows on his pc so I don't think it is that.

Any suggestions? Much appriciated.


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24 Jun 2009   #2
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

First off, welcome to Seven Forums.

If you could fill out your system specs a bit more it would help me in assisting you.
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24 Jun 2009   #3
CaLibUr

 
 

It should be in the my specs section but ok:

Phenom II 720 black edition
Gigabyte motherboard with HDMI onboard Radeon 3200
4 gig OCZ platinum edition
Radeon 4850 video card (currently being repaired)
320gig hdd SATA WD 16meg cache
320gig hdd SATA Samsung 16meg cache
1 tb hdd SATA Samsung 32meg cache
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24 Jun 2009   #4
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

You people and your Phenoms wish I had one.

So does your motherboard not detect the drive itself or just the OS on it?

EDIT: Your specs were not there when I first checked, my bad.
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24 Jun 2009   #5
CaLibUr

 
 

haha yea they are a good cpu anyway it is just W7 not being detected. HDD's are being detected fine.
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24 Jun 2009   #6
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Really? I plan to get the Phenom II X4 @ 3.0Ghz when I build my first Desktop.

Have you tried reformatting the drive?
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24 Jun 2009   #7
CaLibUr

 
 

if you mean the IDE's no, that would be a good idea. Of course you do that's the source of my problem really, I'll get back to you in a bit. Thanks
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24 Jun 2009   #8
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Odd thought I responded..

Anyways I am referring to the drives that your Computer is not detecting Windows 7 on, try reformatting those.
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24 Jun 2009   #9
CaLibUr

 
 

oh right. Well basically W7 will only be detetced at all on my 320gig if the IDE's are plugged in and if the SATA drives are in the same connecters on board as well. So yea if I do any kind of removing hdd, it seems that BIOS cannot find it and refers me to the xp partition automatically that is on one of my IDE drives.

Sorry I just realised this now from memory and should of said so at the start. Is there anything else I could try?
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24 Jun 2009   #10
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Make sure you have the latest firmware loaded for your motherboard, and that your BIOS is set to boot from a SATA drive and not an IDE.
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