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Windows 7: Secondary Hard Drive freezes system before Windows launch

29 Dec 2012   #11

Windows 7 64 bit

Many thanks - this enabled me to solve the same problem. (Using Diskpart, and with all other HDDs disconnected for safety's sake.)

One item worth noting - in order to hot swap the HDD, you will need to have the SATA ports in the BIOS set to AHCI and not IDE. In my case I had changed to IDE whilst desperately trying to get the HDD recognized, so had to change to AHCI in order to hot-swap. And then changed back to IDE afterwards before booting back into windows.

If you already have AHCI set, then there's no need to make any changes. But if you did need to change from IDE to AHCI, then it's important to change back again afterwards.

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10 Aug 2013   #12

Windows 7 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
Let's try a simple solution first - I have a nagging suspicion the WD disk contains weird bootcode in its MBR that's making the BIOS crash once it starts looking for bootable volumes.

Boot into the Windows rescue environment (or boot from your install DVD) and then hotplug your WD drive as you've been doing. Go to the command prompt by pressing Shift + F10 once the setup screen appears.

Now type "bootsect /nt60 /all /force" and press Enter. You should see various status messages indicating a successful bootcode update. At this point you're ready to close the command shell and restart your computer to Windows.

Is it now able to boot with the WD drive connected or does it still freeze up?
Just to correct your "syntax" it is "bootsect /nt60 all /force" :)
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