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My Cd drive is stopping my harddrive from booting

I recently purchased and built myself a new computer general spec below
My PC spec

AMD 6300
Asus motherboard (Brand new cheapish one would give you the exact spec but at work)
8gb corsair Ram 1600 single stick
Asus R9 270 gpu
Samsung cheap cd drive
my old hard drive 250gb 7200rpm running windows 7 ultimate x64
new hard drive 320 gb- got for free
currently old hard drive is in sata 1 new hard drive is in sata 2 and cd has been in satas 3-6 on various boots.

The problem i am getting is that my hard drive will only boot when the cd drive is not plugged in to the sata. I have tried various sata ports in different orders I have made sure i have the hard drive as the first boot option I have force selected the hard drive as the boot drive.

What happens is it loads just past the Bios screen and then just goes blank and nothing happen, I unplug the CD drive and its fine. So currently I turn the computer on then plug in the sata CD then go in to device manager tools and make it scan for new hardware it then sees the cd drive and all works as it should but this has to be repeated on every restart? any idea I have searched around for the last 2 days as I only bought the brand new CD Drive as was having the same issue with the old one. My windows 7 setup was previously working on my old computer setup with an EDI cd drive if it makes any different. I have also tried updating all drivers from original cds and off the websites to make sure I have the most up to date drivers.


Any help advice or ideas are appreciated.
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More about drive stopping harddrive booting
  1. Swap sata ports then F2 into bios and change the boot priority so that your hard drive is first.
  2. make your first boot device the hdd
  3. My first boot device is the hdd at current I have also tried changing the sata ports around.

    Current boot order

    old hd 1
    usb
    cd
    ECT

    my PSW is 650W forgot to mention.
  4. I have spent a good 12 hours playing with this its been driving me up the wall as i am reasonably tech savy and this is not my first computer build. Did a similar build for a friend but with an I3 about 3 months ago.

    I have tried 2 different CD drives and reset the mob and re ordered the satas I even put the new hard drive as priority 1 in case I was losing my mind and it was the old one.
  5. Do a bios reset.
  6. Also done - Reset within the Bios as normal to defaults moved the mob pin to reset and then tried pulling the battery still with no results. Starting to feel might be mob is faulty.

    Thanks for all your suggestions so far :)
  7. Starting to look that way.

    Or something weird with the cd. Try a different cd player.
  8. I have tried 2 sata cd drives that I have and 1 EDI that the MOB does not support as doesn't have the connectors. all the same result both CD drives do work if I plug them in after bootup and then do a hardware search in windows 7 once it detects them they both work fine.

    And I agree is sounds like the boot order is booting the CD drive first and that's why its failing but its set as last in the boot priority...
  9. Best answer
    If there's no CD in the drive, it should just go on to the next device.

    Quote:
    My windows 7 setup was previously working on my old computer setup with an IDE cd drive if it makes any different...


    Did you move your boot drive, and not do a fresh install of Windows for your current motherboard? If so, there's no telling how mismatched drivers may behave; that it boots at all is a bit of a surprise. Attempt a fresh installation of Windows.

    Have you tried a different SATA cable to the CD drive?
  10. Onus said:
    If there's no CD in the drive, it should just go on to the next device.

    Quote:
    My windows 7 setup was previously working on my old computer setup with an IDE cd drive if it makes any different...


    Did you move your boot drive, and not do a fresh install of Windows for your current motherboard? If so, there's no telling how mismatched drivers may behave; that it boots at all is a bit of a surprise. Attempt a fresh installation of Windows.

    Have you tried a different SATA cable to the CD drive?


    It doesent boot with or without a CD in the drive it also refuses to boot from the CD drive as I did try a fresh windows 7 disk to see if it was booting the disk.

    I have tried 4 different SATA cables with no luck. I uninstalled all previous drivers prior to installing the new ones in reverse order to how I installed them originally but that might be worth a go. Just means building a new windows 7 bootable usb key as my old one doesn't seem to want to work anymore.
  11. Hmmm, with all you have done, to not even boot from the CD drive sounds to me like the motherboard is defective.
  12. Onus said:
    Hmmm, with all you have done, to not even boot from the CD drive sounds to me like the motherboard is defective.


    Tonight I will build a windows 7 bootable image and give that a go if not mob can go back to Asus and they can send me a new one as its only 5 days old. Thanks for all the help and additional ideas glad to know I have checked all the right stuff and im not going crazy.
  13. So I tried wiping my second harddrive and re partitioned it removed my current hard-drive this then allowed me to boot from disk as my USB was not working at all (suspicious of drivers not working) So I booted my W7 install disk and then tried to load the drivers of my driver disk and it couldnt find any? I searched all the files manually and could not see any valid driver files on the brand new driver disk? that was all I had time for last night so im going to download all the drivers off the website and burn them to my own disk and give this a go again. Anything I might be missing I actually tried booting with my CD drive disabled and it still gave me the error as long as it was plugged in.
  14. something weird with the cd. Try a different cd player.
  15. i7Baby said:
    something weird with the cd. Try a different cd player.


    You suggested that above? already tried it seems to be something on my live hard-drive and I believe its the actual drivers off the disk are not complete or have errors from being burnt the the disk. as when I remove my main harddrive so it has no drivers to look at the cd drive can boot.
  16. i7Baby said:


    Already completed all the steps suggested? cant believe some people actually leave the CPU plate on the board and try to install the cpu!!

    I can get the computer on and get it working as normal just via the very abnormal method of plugging in the cd drive after boot and then searching for hardware? I have noticed my USB ports are having issues as when I plugged in my Bootable win 7 usb drive and opened my computer the drive was almost flashing like it wasent plugged in correctly and trying to connect.
  17. Checkdisk your hdd. Run a virus scan. Maybe its corrupted files.
  18. i7Baby said:
    Checkdisk your hdd. Run a virus scan. Maybe its corrupted files.


    I ran a virus scan prior to installing anything and I defragged the disk also (to free up any space). I have not tried that but didn't see it as a likely cause but cant hurt to try at this point.
  19. So after much work and play last night I managed to get it to re-install windows 7 off a disk I then uploaded my driver cd that i built and all is working correctly. seems the driver cd for the mob that is supplied was not installing the files correctly or something like that. now boots and loads as it should only painful thing is having to re download and install all my programs.

    Thanks for all the help advice and ideas,
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