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Problem running mech HDD behind my SSD

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September 10, 2012 3:46:35 PM

Ok...so I am having a odd issue and maybe you guys can help me. I just completed a new HTPC build. I was able to install the Corsair Neutron GTX SSD just fine and loaded Windows on it no problem so everything is peaches and cream. Since I am only planning on running the OS and programs from the SSD I bought a 3TB mech HDD that I plan to rip movies to and store all my media etc. I bought the Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001.

After reading on the web I realized the way to utilize the full 3TB of the drive was to format it as a GTP drive. This worked just fine and now Windows can see the full 3TB but the problem is that now the system is getting confused between the SSD and the mech HDD. What I mean by that is that every time I restart the system it goes to the black screen with the blinking cursor because the system is trying to boot from the Seagate vs. the Corsair Neutron.

I can't tell you how many times I have went into the BIOS and made sure that the the ONLY boot option available is the SSD, I have tried making it the number 1 option with the other hard drive as number 2 etc...etc...I have tried every configuration and no matter what I do it tries to revert back to the Seagate as the number 1 boot option.

Also even when I have the OS booted up on the SSD it runs slowly and gets hung up and applications don't respond. The minute I take the mech HDD out everything runs smoothly again.

Any advice on this problem is greatly appreciated. Full system specs are:


OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
CPU - AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9Ghz Quad-Core Desktop APU
Motherboard - ASRock A75M (Hudson D3) Micro ATX with UEFI BIOS
Memory - 2 x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
Graphics Card(s) - N/A - CPU integrated DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon
Hard Drives - Corsair Neutron GTX Series 6 Gb-s 120GB SSD for system and Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM for media
PSU - FSP Group FSP450-60GHA(85)-R 450W Micro ATX12V
Case - Silverstone ML03B Black Aluminum Micro ATX Media Center Case
Cooling - 2 x Enermax UC-8EB 80mm Case Fans

Thanks in advance.
a b G Storage
September 10, 2012 4:12:19 PM

One of my computers is set up similarly except that my storage drive is external. My enclosure has an "on/off" switch on it allowing me to shut down the storage drive when not in use. I find this very functional since the only time I use the drive is to rip/view movies. It's always off when booting although I leave this box running 24/7/365.
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September 10, 2012 4:18:26 PM

ram1009 said:
One of my computers is set up similarly except that my storage drive is external. My enclosure has an "on/off" switch on it allowing me to shut down the storage drive when not in use. I find this very functional since the only time I use the drive is to rip/view movies. It's always off when booting although I leave this box running 24/7/365.


Yeah, unfortunately that doesn't work for me as this is an internal drive and I will be using it for a little more than simply the ripping and storing of movies.
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January 5, 2013 6:56:03 PM

WishI could help, but a have similar problem, loaded win7 on my new build, crucial 256 SSD, went to look for my 3TB seagate and found 100MB as Sytem, 2T usable NTFS and the rest unaccessable. Right clicking the drive in Diskmanagement does not let me Initilaze, so can't change to GTP ??? Do I need to update the bios on the HD?
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January 7, 2013 8:34:36 AM

You might need to re-install Windows and toggle the EFI setting in your BIOS to resolve this one.

Windows basically associates EFI with GPT and old-school BIOS with MBR.
- Long story, started around the time of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

You will probably not just be able to toggle this in your BIOS and reboot with the expectation of getting back into Windows either.
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