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post #1 of 8
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So i build a pc over into another case for my friend,
everything works fine, but it wont boot windows,
he has 2 hard drives which are SATA II's but htye need 4-pin molex and sata power connector, so i connected them both, but it cant seem to boot windows.
does anybody know what could be the problem. i can find both drives in the bios.
maybe they were in raid but i havent changed anything in the bios.
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post #2 of 8
Is is a brand new motherboard? If the drives WERE in Raid, then yes, you'll have to change that option in your bios. Depending on his RAID config, it may need both drives to boot.
post #3 of 8
If you can't even see the drives in the bios then there must be a problem with your connection.

Check the sata cables on the motherboard and on the HDD end.
Check the power cables on the HDD ends and on the PSU if it's a modular.

I would say there is a 80% of chance that it's a problem with the connections.


I missread OP. I thought you said you couldn't eve see the driver on the BIOS.

This is likely to be related to raid. If you activate raid in the BIOS when the raid controller kicks in it should automatically detect the raid array and get things going. If they weren't on a RAID array before, you will also notice it.

If this ain't the problem, it's likely that the boot drive order is messed up. Try to change who is your bios trying to boot from (not if it's trying to boot from a DVD then from a HDD, but which HDD is it trying to boot from)
Edited by EduFurtado - 2/4/12 at 6:58am
post #4 of 8
They should only need the SATA Power Connector. Also, did you set up the Hard Drive BBS Priorities in the BIOS/UEFI?
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post #5 of 8
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Yeah i tried changin the boot order that wasnt the problem.
i guess ill try to raid them if that doesnt work i will re instal windows for him, he only had music on there.
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Nope raid itsnt the problem,
i put a windows cd into the dvd drive, and i found out that disk 1 is unpartitioned and disk 2 has a C partition but doesnt have a windows on it likely, but i cant remember how to restore the boot sector via the xp disk. if this is even possible ? any tips ?
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post #7 of 8
At this point I would either connect the HDDs to another computer or just boot using a linux distro to see what is in each drive. See if there is indeed windows in any of them, and if yes, try to fix it.

But if he only have music on them, maybe it's faster to just reinstall windows.
post #8 of 8
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Nah i just did a fresh instal op xp sp3 on the machine, and it was fine by him, i dont think there was anyhting on the drive that was fixable tho,
but now its fixed biggrin.gif and im going to return the machine to him tomorrow smile.gif
thanks for the tips guys smile.gif
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