I have a SATA hard drive from a computer that died and I'm trying to get some files off of it. The new computer works fine until I connect the old drive as a secondary drive, then it just gets stuck on the STARTING WINDOWS screen. If I take out the old drive it works fine again. I tried this with two different computers (one running Windows7 and one running Windows8.1) and the drive causes the same problem on both of them. I ordered a drive enclosure, but I was wondering if there is anything else I can try while I'm waiting for it to arrive.
The old drive was running Windows 7 if that matters
The drive does appear in the BIOS
My MOBO allows for SATA master/slave configuration, tried each.
there is no sata master or slave option this work with ide drive ,if the system stop as soon you connect it i doubt you could be able to retreive any data from this drive .
Well if I plug the drive into SATA port 0 or 1 it is listed as a master in bios menu, if I plug it in SATA port 2 or 3 it is listed as a slave.It was just a note that I have tried both options, whether that does anything or not.
I just can't figure out why it would cause another computer booting from another drive to stop.
try attaching only the power cable to the old hdd and power on your pc.
Can you feel the drive spinning? If yes, after windows has loaded attach the data cable to the drive and see if you can access it now or if it locks up windows.