Old primary HDD won't let OS boot after installing new SSD


I've searched hi and lo, and I've implemented every solution possible. None of them have worked so now I've come to the hive.

I installed an 840 Evo 250gb SSD. I took my old primary HDD (Seagate) 256gb and connected it to the mobo. I'd like to use it as a program and storage drive.

Upon installation of the OS(Win 7 Pro 64bit), the old primary was not connected to the mobo. I also changed the settings for the drive to AHCI.

After everything was installed, and transferred to the SSD, I shut it down and reconnected my old primary and my storage drives.

My bios (Maximus II Formula) detects the SSD and even my old 1gb storage drive fine. But it does not see the old primary. I have switched cables and ports on the motherboard to no avail.

I once read somewhere that since my old primary HDD had Windows installed on it, it may have left something that creates a conflict with the new primary SSD.

I have tried wiping it with German level wiping. Still hangs on booting and after a very long while it enters bios.

Please let me know what I should do.

CPU: Q6700
RAm: 8gb
Mobo: MaximusIIFormula
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  1. Yup. I have the same problem... I think Windows has some kind of conflict of some sort while detecting hardware or software. Did you try changing to different ports?
  2. Since it was wiped you probably need to create a new partition and give it a letter so that windows will see it.
  3. I don't think Windows needs a partition an a separate disk to detect it. Even if you wipe all the disks, Windows setup will find all of them then asks you if you want to make a partition.
  4. @TheChick3n I did try changing ports and cords. Nothing worked.
    Btw, if I let my computer boot up. It will boot up in 3 min. kind of hanging in the Bios flash screen until it finally boots. Then I can go into drive management and see it, I can also use it, but it does not ever show in BIOS. I have assigned a letter to it to no avail.

    Now, don't think this means it works. My boot up time even when it was the old primary HDD was about 1 min. and it never hung on the Bios Flash screen.

    When I only have the new primary SSD and my old storage drive plugged in (with the old primary unplugged) it boots in 10 seconds.
    I am still searching for a post I once saw on how to eliminate the conflict between new and old primary drives.
  5. Download the free Partition Wizard and change the drive into a logical drive with a letter and see if that helps.
  6. Ok. I see your point.
    Try the Partition wizard like Spooky2th said.
    If that doesn't work, most likely, the BIOS is trying to boot to it. That's what usually happens when there's no OS. So if you can get in to the OS, good. Just exclude the non-bootable disk from the boot order.
  7. I gave it a letter in drive management. That didn't work. So, how do I say, if I keep it connected upon boot up, that is with my SSD as primary and the old primary as storage, the boot up time is literally about 5 minutes. If I exclude non-bootable disks then my other secondary won't be accessible.
  8. Is there an option for fast, quick or rapid boot in your bios? If there is, disable it. It is for a 64GB or less ssd, that will cash the boot files and other programs that you use a lot.
  9. No. There isn't that option for Fast boot of any kind.
  10. No. There isn't that option for Fast boot of any kind.
  11. Did you change the drive from a primary partition to a logical partition?
  12. Maybe, what does that involve?
  13. Best answer
    Like I said before: Download the free Partition Wizard and change the drive into a logical drive with a letter and see if that helps.

    You cannot change a primary drive to a logical with windows unless you have the max number of primary drives already. Partition apps like Partition Wizard, can do it though.
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