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Two HDDs Issue

By Fukurou
Jun 11, 2010
  1. Thanks to Automatic updates, I have to reinstall windows after just having finished reinstalling winows. Thankfully I have 2 HDDs which allowed me to do this, but the problem I am having now is when I have the 1 HDD plugged in that had all the automatic update's on it, the computer wont boot. I just want to wipe that HDD but I cant seem to get the computer to not hang when I have the other HDD on.

    That may sound confusing so i'll put it like this.

    HDD 1 had window automatic updates on it

    HDD 2 was completely clean

    HDD 1 lost it's ability to boot up windows

    I unplugged HDD 1 and reinstalled windows on HDD 2.

    Now, with HDD 2 plugged in ALONE windows will boot. Even in the order of HDD 2 in the SATA 0 spot and HDD 1 in the SATA 1 spot, the system still will not boot if I have HDD 1 plugged in, period.

    Perhaps I am over looking a setting in the BIOS? Just need a little help with this one and then i'll address my Automatic Updates problem later.
     
  2. Punkid

    Punkid TS Maniac Posts: 547

    go to ur bios and look for BOOT settings...u should see the order in which the bios looks for a boot loader....set HDD 2 to first priority then it should boot fine with both drivers plugged in.
     
  3. Fukurou

    Fukurou TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    I tried this and it still didnt work. I had someone on the Dell forums read an error code on the HDD that came back from a diagnostic. It seems the code reads back a bad hard drive.

    So that's - 1 (250 gig) Hard Drive. Thanks Windows Automatic Updates! Couldnt had kill it without you!
     
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Plug in HDD 1 only and set BIOS to boot from CD / DVD. Insert the Windows disk and format the HDD. Then plug in HDD 2 an set the system to boot from it.
     
  5. Punkid

    Punkid TS Maniac Posts: 547

    by formatting Ritwik7 means that just format the drive and NOT install Windows on it
     
  6. Fukurou

    Fukurou TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    This is not an option as when the hard drive is plugged in windows won't boot, even from the CD.
     
  7. Fukurou

    Fukurou TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    Update : ran a diagnotic, someone who knows what the diagnotic codes mean looked at it and explains the trouble code I got ment the HDD is toast. Feel free to delete this thread moderator.
     
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