Windows 10: PC won't boot when using 2nd hard drive

Discus and support PC won't boot when using 2nd hard drive in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; So I'm trying to connect this hard drive to because it's dying and I want to get some stuff off it. I connected it to my working PC and it never gets... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Madpoli, Dec 26, 2020.

  1. Madpoli Win User

    PC won't boot when using 2nd hard drive


    So I'm trying to connect this hard drive to because it's dying and I want to get some stuff off it. I connected it to my working PC and it never gets to the login screen it just sits at the spinning circle forever. I made sure that my computer wasn't trying to boot off the broken hard drive and the working hard drive was at the top of the boot order so that's not the case. The computer does recognize the broken hard drive because it's not completely gone yet. I was testing this the other day to see if it would work and the computer booted fine with that 2nd drive and I could access the files (although quite slow) in file explorer. All of a sudden today, as I said my working PC isn't even booting when the other hard drive is plugged in. I don't know if it has anything to do the broken hard drive degrading more but I don't see how my working hard drive can't boot up with the broken one connected.

    :)
     
    Madpoli, Dec 26, 2020
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  2. sc4s2cg Win User

    Gigabyte motherboard, pc won't bootup after recent hard drive change

    So I've previously had this problem when I added new SATA hard drives to an old one, all I had to do was switch hard disk priority to the one I wanted to boot from. But that's not working right now.

    Error message: AMD Data Change...Update New Data to DMI!
    Specs:
    • Motherboard: Gigabyte ma785gmt-ud2h
    • Four SATA hard drives, three 2tb and one 1tb
    • One IDE hard drive, 160gb
    • 6gb RAM
    • Everything else is the default
    What happened: I had an Amahi home server running on this PC with Ubuntu 12.04LTS as the OS. It was using the four SATA hard drives and everything was running smoothly. Then I read that it's easiest to have a setup where the OS/Amahi is installed on one small hard drive while the large hard drives are used to keep the files on, this makes it easy to update the OS without worrying about the files. So today I installed Ubuntu 12.04LTS on an old IDE 160gb hard drive that I had laying around, which would be perfect to use since there is exactly one IDE port on the motherboard.

    I disconnected all hard drives, connected the IDE, installed Ubuntu, and rebooted. I got a "AMD Data Change...Update New Data to DMI!" message.

    What I tried:
    • Have the IDE be given priority over other hard drives.
    • Connecting all the hard drives back, with and without the IDE hard drive. Same message.
    • Disconnect all hard drives, connect IDE, and set BIO to opimised defaults. Same message.
    • Disconnect CD drive with only IDE attached, same message. Reconnect CD drive, same message.
    • Disconnect CD drive with only SATA attached, same message. Reconnect CD drive, same message.
    • Disconnect CD drive with SATA and IDE attached, same message. Reconnect CD drive, same message.
    • Just IDE connected, mess with the peripheral settings by changing "OnChip SATA Type" to ATHCI, RAID, or IDE. Tried this with "As SATA Type" and with "IDE" set for the port4/5 type
    • Just IDE connected, disable SATA controller
    • Disconnect IDE, reconnect original hard drives. I still get the same DMI message.
    • Attempt to boot from the SATA hard drive that has Ubuntu on it, using each of the SATA ports.
    • Update BIOS to F10B, disabling the "Remember DMI" option. I reconnected all hard drives and the CD drive (the pdf said the 'system' will redetect all devices). Now I got the "AMD Data Change...Update New Data to DMI! Update Success" message, still hanging there. Rebooted, now it's the original message.
    So I am at a loss. Any suggestions?

    Edit: there were many suggestions to try clear the CMOS, however that didn't seem to help the posters. I haven't tried that, but if people suggest I should then I will do so tomorrow.
     
    sc4s2cg, Dec 26, 2020
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  3. sy5tem Win User
    Gigabyte motherboard, pc won't bootup after recent hard drive change

    now it look like it freeze because its searching boot sector...leave it there see if you have keyboard. and try booting in menu with only 1 pre formated hd on anjy port.


    Your bios also as some kind of dual bios design a think... may cause problem or not. when problem like that append on integrated RAID controller, reset your bios by unplugging PC remove side cover. press power see led coming on then of really fast, if no this good too, no power on motherboard, remove cr2032 battery, then put jumper in reset position like short pin 2,3. (check if it output 2.8 to 3.0 volts if under change it), put back cmos battery , now unshort cmos jumper back to original position. plug power . boot, ERRoR about bioa , configure raid and check
     
    sy5tem, Dec 26, 2020
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  4. PC won't boot when using 2nd hard drive

    Error adding a 2nd internal hard drive

    I believe the 2nd drive was used for Linux, but it is not in the boot order list in bios. The only drive in the boot order is the correct drive, but it still tries to load the wrong 1.
     
    zbrufan813, Dec 26, 2020
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