Problems installing replacement SATA drive

By timhodgson
Jan 7, 2010
  1. I started getting SMART errors on the second drive in the system (WD2000 200Gb) and decided to replace it. I now have a replacement WD3000 300Gb SATA drive. When I install that drive, the machine (Advent T9301) fails to boot - it stays on the Advent splash screen, and I do not seem to be able to get into the BIOS. If I leave power connected but disconnect the SATA cable then the machine boots. I am a little puzzled now, as I had expected it would be a simple swap out - what am I missing?
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415


    try removing the drive and then going into BIOS, once in see if it is still showing the old drive.
  3. timhodgson

    timhodgson TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Without the drive, it doesn't show the old drive. With the new drive in, and attempting to access the BIOS, I can get as far as the Mgatrends boot screen, but it then stops. The drive is correctly recognised and shows OK.... but we never get further!
  4. Kevork

    Kevork TS Rookie Posts: 73

    Can you give us some system specs. Also did you purchase a SATA or SATAII?
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