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Windows will not start properly with more than one hard drive installed

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June 12, 2014 7:27:23 AM

Hi all,

I have been building a new pc for a friend of mine. New motherboard, cpu, ram and ssd.
He wants to use both of his old hdd as storage. When I plug in just the ssd windows 7 starts normally but when i plug in either of the old hard drives windows refuses to start and I get a message telling me to insert boot-able media

I have checked the boot order in the bios going so far as to disable the 2 old drives as bootable.
I have tried plugging in the drives while windows is already running but they do not show up.

Thanks,
Niall

Specs:
cpu: Intel Core i5 4670K
mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3
ssd: Samsung 840 pro 256GB
hdd: Maxtor 300GB(old os drive) 6V300F0
Seagate 1.5TB ST31500341AS
June 12, 2014 7:50:00 AM

In the bios there is a hard drive order you have to set ssd first, then the other 2 drives.
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June 12, 2014 8:10:36 AM

Yeah something is not right. Try F12 for a temporary boot device and select ssd. If it boot your bios is not set up. And never add a drive with the computer running. I'm surprised you didn't mess something up!
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June 12, 2014 8:24:36 AM

techguy911 said:
In the bios there is a hard drive order you have to set ssd first, then the other 2 drives.


The hard drive order is set correctly in the bios
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June 12, 2014 8:26:19 AM

reedo_43 said:
Yeah something is not right. Try F12 for a temporary boot device and select ssd. If it boot your bios is not set up. And never add a drive with the computer running. I'm surprised you didn't mess something up!


I read to try that on another forum.
This did not work
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June 19, 2014 9:04:22 AM

When you get that "please insert bootable media" message have you tried using your 7 install disc just to see what happens? I'd be interested to know what it did.
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