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Installed new Seagate 3TB drive and now PC won't boot.

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Before I had a 128GB SSD as my only drive, and I just got a 3TB Seagate drive for storage. The PC hangs on the Windows loading screen with the Seagate drive plugged in. After I unplugged the SATA connector from the Seagate drive the PC booted normally again. With Windows 7 64 bit I shouldn't need to do anything special to get a 3TB drive working right?
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Have you got all the right SATA drivers installed? (I think it's either Marvell or JMicron for your board but I can't remember)
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Make sure of the drive order, and the first boot device, in the BIOS. Windows wants to see the first drive being the OS (boot) drive. It's possible that the BIOS scrambled the order.

I think if it was a size issue, it would just see 2tb out of the 3
Edited by hollywood406 - 5/17/13 at 2:52pm
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Have you got all the right SATA drivers installed? (I think it's either Marvell or JMicron for your board but I can't remember)
I don't have any of the 3rd party SATA drivers installed and I also have the controllers disabled through the UEFI. I only use the white Intel SATA 6Gbps ports for both my drives.

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Make sure of the drive order in the BIOS. Windows wants to see the first drive being the OS (boot) drive. It's possible that the BIOS scrambled the order.

I think if it was a size issue, it would just see 2tb out of the 3
For some reason the drive doesn't show up in the boot order, but it shows up on the SATA configuration screen but it is only saying the drive is 4.1GB.

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Normally you need to go under disk management, under the computer management (right click on Computer in the start menu) and get the second drive up and running, but I don't think that should be prohibiting you from booting with it just connected.
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Have you tried a different port (if there is one available)?
Have you made sure the SATA power connector is in properly?
Have you checked to make sure both ends of the SATA cable are connected fully?

Basic stuff but have to make sure smile.gif

Edit: Are you on the latest BIOS? Some older revisions are picky with 3TB+ drives.
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Is the drive formatted as a GPT disk or an MBR disk? Windows doesn't support high capacity disks unless they are formatted as a GPT disk, IIRC 2.2tb is the cap for MBR disks
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I don't have any of the 3rd party SATA drivers installed and I also have the controllers disabled through the UEFI. I only use the white Intel SATA 6Gbps ports for both my drives.
For some reason the drive doesn't show up in the boot order, but it shows up on the SATA configuration screen but it is only saying the drive is 4.1GB.


What does the "Boot Order" tab look like? That was just the advanced screen that shows devices. You want to see what order the BIOS sees them. There should be 2 tabs, one for hard disk drives and one for boot order. Check them both and make the M4 the first hdd and first in the boot order
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I tried the drive in an external enclosure and it doesn't even show up in Windows. Would the size of the drive cause it not to function in an external enclosure?
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What does the "Boot Order" tab look like? That was just the advanced screen that shows devices. You want to see what order the BIOS sees them. There should be 2 tabs, one for hard disk drives and one for boot order. Check them both and make the M4 the first hdd and first in the boot order

The drive isn't in the Boot Order tab. It is just my SSD and optical drive.
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Also now that the drive is out of the case and in the enclosure I can hear it making some pretty unusual sounds when it is powered on. It makes some whirring followed by 2 ticks and a little more whirring and then goes quiet.

https://soundcloud.com/joe-cameron-5/seagate-hdd
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