Boot hangs on windows startup

Hi,

I bought 2 days ago wd2002faex and already had my old wd6400aaks 640GB. Formatet and partitioned new one, installed windows 7 ultimate x64 and when booting windows it just stops at black windows starting screen, sometimes it takes longer and sometimes faster. Then it hangs in windows sometimes, nothing is reacting for couple minutes. Hdd is plugged in sata3 port on mb and other one in sata2. I installed windows while AHCI in BIOS is enabled. Dont know what to do anymore, this problem is sooo frustrating. Can You guys help me somehow?
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  1. Did you disconnect the old drive when you installed Windows to the new drive? If not, disconnect the old drive and start over -- do a custom install and in the first step delete all existing partitions on the new drive, then direct Windows to install on the new unpartitioned space. Reconnect your old drive after the new one has drivers loaded, Windows updated and activated and running well.
  2. No i didnt. I have two partitions now on all disks (100GB and 1.8tb on new black and 70GB and 550GB on old one wd6400aaks), I have plugged new one in sata2 port and old one also because old is sata2 and I selected IDE over AHCI in BIOS. Also I've noticed I had some small partitions on hdd-s (around 10mb and 100mb but i deleted them and merged).

    Will I notice speed difference if this sata3 hdd work in sata2 port?
  3. No speed difference between SATA II and SATA III hard drives or using them on those connector since no hard drive saturates the older SATA II bandwidth.

    The 100MB partition in Windows 7 is a necessary partition and is called the system reserved partition -- it is where Windows 7 keeps its boot information.

    When you re-install to the new drive, change the bios SATA mode to AHCI. The old drive will use AHCI when you attach it as a secondary drive (if you turn on AHCI with the old drive as the boot device you will get a BSOD unless you first change the registry setting in the old drive OS to AHCI).
  4. OK, so i do like this:

    1. unplug old hdd
    2 plug new one (not important in which sata port on mb)
    3.change to AHCI in BIOS
    4.install windows on 100GB partition
    5.complete drivers instalation and everything else
    6.plug old drive (also not important in what sata port on mb)

    Like that?
  5. Or to install in IDE and when plug in old hdd to chnage to AHCI?
  6. sakiboj said:
    OK, so i do like this:

    1. unplug old hdd
    2 plug new one (not important in which sata port on mb)
    3.change to AHCI in BIOS
    4.install windows on 100GB partition
    5.complete drivers instalation and everything else
    6.plug old drive (also not important in what sata port on mb)

    Like that?
    Yes, except step 4, one question -- are you going to create a separate 100GB partition for Windows and then have a second partition for data from the remaining space? If so, then yes.

    While the specific SATA port doesn't matter among the primary ports, if you have a second controller on the board, like a Marvell, don't use one of those ports, use the ports for the main controller (the Intel ports if it is an Intel based board).
  7. Yes, 100GB for windows and rest for data. Yes it is marvell, then I should leave this new wd plugged in sata2 port? And he will use intel drivers
  8. Then yes, just don't use the two Marvell controllers, but use any of the Intel.

    Install using AHCI in the bios, when you add the second drive (old drive) you will not have to change anything because the new drive will be the boot drive and only the Windows install used to boot needs to have the correct mode. The old drive will automatically connect in AHCI mode, since the new OS install will use that driver.
  9. OK, sata3 are marvell contorollers? I have on mb 4 blue sata and 2 white(sata3). Those white ones are marvell?
  10. Which motherboard?
  11. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4074#sp

    Yes I see those sata3 white ones are marvell ports, are they bad or what is wrong with them?
  12. No, they aren't bad but I would use two of the Intel ports though for HDDs and another for your CD/DVD if it uses SATA -- more reliable and probably faster since they don't use an extra controller. Since you have 4 Intel ports, I would turn off the Marvell in the bios to get faster boot times.

    On newer boards the Intel SATA III work better than the Marvell with SSDs, at least they give much higher benchmark scores.
  13. Thx and one more question, how to disable marvell in bios? Sorry for being noob
  14. In the bios look for where it has Marvell Controller Configuration and select disable. It's on p 34 of the manual, that you can get HERE if you don't have one.
  15. Thx, found it and disable it.
  16. I have removed old hdd, left only new one, enable AHCI, disabled marvell, installed windows and now drivers and after I will plug old hdd.


  17. Is this good speed for wd2002faex? Sometimes i get better speeds. Its in sata2 port



    This is in sata3

    I dont get it how some guys have better speed with wd green

    Always same speed, sometimes a bit slower, sometimes a bit faster. How can be wd green be faster? Is maybe my motherboard bad so I have low speeds?
  18. Those drive benchmarks look right for that model.
  19. They are good? I dont have to worry about nothing?
  20. sakiboj said:
    They are good? I dont have to worry about nothing?
    They are good, nothing to worry about.
  21. Thx for help, it is working now. I still dont understand why it have problems with marvell sata3 ports
  22. sakiboj said:
    Thx for help, it is working now. I still dont understand why it have problems with marvell sata3 ports
    The Intel ports are integrated into the Intel chipset, which makes them more efficient to use. The Marvell are add-on with a separate controller and drivers, which will never be as stable and perform as well even on the latest boards, much less an older board like you have. On many of the earlier boards with Marvell SATA III you can't boot easily, if at all, and you cannot use CD/DVD drives on them. Moreover, you simply do not need to use them since you do not have any storage device that would take advantage of SATA III. It is just more efficient to turn them off and get a little quicker start up when you do not use them.
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