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I have a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black HDD, I use this drive for my main storage and for booting Windows 7. Today I had a really strange issue: I took my computer apart for routine dusting, I have 3 HDD's, one of which I have never used, so I decided to take it out for now. I rebooted the system, and for some reason I got a black screen with a flashing underscore/line in the top left corner, I could access the BIOS, the boot menu etc. but Windows would not boot, just this line.

I consulted online forums (using my old laptop) and apparenlty this can be down to a hard-drive failure. I recently had to completely re-install Windows due to an unknown error that buggered up launching software, so i assumed this was correct.

However, I decided to reconnect the old HDD that I had taken out, and to my amazement Windows booted, perfectly fine. Nothing on any importance is on that drive, infact I never got round to reformatting and wiping it (old mac HDD).

I would like to know if anybody has any idea why this may have happened?
    
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Sounds like the boot order got messed up. Try plugging it back in and doing "F8", can't remember what key it is for asrock. Any reason why you have your boot menu on another drive? Thanks
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Sounds like the boot order got messed up. Try plugging it back in and doing "F8", can't remember what key it is for asrock. Any reason why you have your boot menu on another drive? Thanks

It works fine now, after I plugged in the 3rd drive back in, all was well, but there is nothing but old files from my old macbook on there. And my OS is definetely on the 1TB WD drive, first thing I checked.
    
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