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Windows wont boot with more than one HDD

Hi all,

I recently got my ASUS P8Z68-V/Gen 3 back from ASUS RMA. The issue I sent it in for has been resolved but something new has started. Every time I try to start up with more than on hard drive attached, Windows wont load. It gets stuck at the starting windows screen and wont move beyond that. I have a total of 3 drives. 2 x 1.5tb and 1 x 1tb. The 1tb drive has windows while the other two are empty. Before I sent the board in, I didn't have any problems with all three plugged in. Now, it only works with the 1 tb drive plugged in and as soon as I try to plug in the other two, it refuses to load. Any help you fine folks could provide would be much appreciated.


UPDATE: I have been playing around and I have discovered that it seems to be one specific hard drive that is causing the problem. I have the other two plugged in right now and everything is running fine.

Problem now is I have no idea why this is happening as it was working perfectly fine before.
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  1. What version of windows is it?
  2. PsychoGamingLemon said:
    What version of windows is it?

    I cant believe i forgot to post that....its windows 7
  3. Best answer
    ok, i've heard about a few weird glitches on Windows doing that.
    However there on 8 and need all the hard drives plugged in.
    I'll look into it for you.
  4. Thank you!
  5. So Windows works fine with 1 HDD?
    Also, is there anyway you can try and boot with the Windows HDD and one with other files on it?
  6. PsychoGamingLemon said:
    So Windows works fine with 1 HDD?
    Also, is there anyway you can try and boot with the Windows HDD and one with other files on it?


    Yup.

    I don't really have any other hard drives with files on them, I reformatted everything I had for this build.
  7. PsychoGamingLemon said:
    So Windows works fine with 1 HDD?
    Also, is there anyway you can try and boot with the Windows HDD and one with other files on it?


    I have been playing around and I have discovered that it seems to be one specific hard drive that is causing the problem. I have the other two plugged in right now and everything is running fine.

    Problem now is I have no idea why this is happening as it was working perfectly fine before.
  8. Ok, that helps... has the HDD been refurbished? ESD may also have caused something.
  9. PsychoGamingLemon said:
    Ok, that helps... has the HDD been refurbished? ESD may also have caused something.


    Nope, I bought it new and before I sent the board off for RMA I had all three plugged in and working just fine. This is so frustrating. I know I don't NEED that much storage but having it now work just bugs the heck out of me.
  10. I'm the same, if i have something and it doesn't work i hate it.
    What CPU and Chipset do you have?
  11. PsychoGamingLemon said:
    I'm the same, if i have something and it doesn't work i hate it.
    What CPU and Chipset do you have?


    CPU is an Intel Core i5-2500K LGA 1155
  12. Ok, i'll look into it again...
    I have no clue what's happening at the moment
  13. PsychoGamingLemon said:
    Ok, i'll look into it again...
    I have no clue what's happening at the moment


    Thanks!
  14. Is there any other Sata ports you can try?
  15. PsychoGamingLemon said:
    Is there any other Sata ports you can try?



    Yes, I have tried them all. I have even tried plugging just that drive in and still nothing.
  16. Ok, sounds like the chipset
  17. PsychoGamingLemon said:
    Ok, sounds like the chipset


    So I'm SOL?
  18. Possibly, i'll look into similar cases for you
  19. PsychoGamingLemon said:
    Possibly, i'll look into similar cases for you


    Dang. Thank you again for you help, regardless of the outcome.
  20. Do you know if you have any other Sata controllers. Like Marvel or something? on this mobo?
  21. PsychoGamingLemon said:
    Do you know if you have any other Sata controllers. Like Marvel or something? on this mobo?



    I don't think so.
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