I've been gradually building up this new computer setup and the most recent thing I've done is order a new HDD. I've been using a very old Hard Drive for the longest time and the insanely load write-speeds and load times in games was getting very frustrating for me, so I decided to order a new one.
My motherboard is compatible with SATA 6GB so I ordered a 1TB HDD, Western Digital. Model is WD10EZEX.
I only have one SATA cable so I cannot just hook both up to fix this problem. What is my problem? I do not have a disc drive so I created a bootable USB device with Windows 7 on it when I reinstalled Windows on the old HDD a few months ago.
When I boot to the BIOS with the old HDD while the USB device is inserted, the USB device shows up. I go to the boot menu and select to boot the USB device and PRESTO I'm in the Windows 7 installation.
BUT when I hook up the new HDD and have the USB device plugged in, the only item in the boot menu is the HDD. The USB device will not show up. I have tried switching the ports, I have tried rebooting, I have tried booting straight to the HDD. It just says 'No bootable device selected. Reboot or insert bootable device' or something like that. I have tried every single SATA port that is on the motherboard, which are 4 3GB ports and 2 6GB ports.
Then as soon as I switch out the new HDD with the old one, the BIOS is detecting the USB device again. I'm really stumped and INSANELY frustrated. I have the BIOS updated to the latest firmware from the ASUS site.