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By cblank0212
Jan 22, 2011
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  1. I recently got an entirely new DIY PC kit. It had no OS installed so I used my existing hard drive (IDE) to load the OS on, since it already had it. And have a brand new larger hard drive (SATA) I will use for storage. Would not start up right away but I have a factory XP Pro disc and ran a repair and everything seemed to be fine. It recognized printer and pci devices right away no problem...at first glance.

    My sata drive is being recognized in the BIOS menu but not in Windows. Figured it was an update issue so I went to Windows Update via Control Panel and installed those. Again...seemed to be no problem.

    After the updates installed the "must restart" message came up so I restarted computer. This is where problem occurs...It will not boot past the "Windows is Starting Up" screen (Blue graphic just before Welcome screen).

    After waiting about 5 minutes I hit the reset button to start over. I go into the boot menu and just to be extra specific I tell it to boot from the hard disk, just in case it didn't already know to do so. Same results. I hit reset again and this time go into the BIOS menu and select "Load optimal settings", save it, and start over...nothing.

    I think it needs to be said that fighting with it for several hours last night and and about 90 minutes this morning that it is not doing this every time. It will try and fail on its own without me doing anything and about avery 6th to 9th fail it will then start fine. I go in, do a few things hit restart...and we're back to WTF.

    Also, I noticed in the initial boot screen (Black with Mobo info just before Windows splash screen) it lists my drives:

    Channel 0 master: IDE hard drive (Forgive me for not typing the exact wording but you get my point)
    Channel 0 slave: DVD/CD Drive ??? is that correct
    Channel 1 master: none
    Channel 1 slave: SATA hard drive

    I have rebooted PC's and installed windows several times, this was my first time building from scratch...i was really stoked about how simple the hardware aspect seemed to be but I am having nothing but trouble with loading the OS and getting it all functioning properly.

    If anyone can help it would be much appreciated.
     
  2. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    You're using an old install of Windows with new hardware, so you're almost guaranteed some problems.

    And it makes no sense to use a slower IDE drive as your system drive, while using a faster SATA drive for storage.

    You should take out the IDE drive and do a clean install of Windows on the SATA drive.
     
  3. cblank0212

    cblank0212 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I understood the way I was doing it was backwards but it seemed like it would save myself some time...I was surely wrong. The general consensus has been to eliminate the IDE drive all together, partition the SATA drive (its 1TB I have plenty of dividing room), and install windows to the new drive. Will update as soon as I give that a try. Thanks for the response.
     
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    If you had no other choice (no Windows disk) then there are ways to get the whole set up to work, but since you have the disk, its just better from all sorts of standpoints to do a clean install.

    You can still use the old IDE drive for backup or storage, but my advice would be to format it after you clear off whatever data you want off it and just put in a blank drive. Or you can consider getting a docking station that has an IDE connector, and use the IDE drive that way.
     

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