Blinking Cursor line before Windows starts

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  1. Posts : 17
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    Blinking Cursor line before Windows starts


    Hey guys, I installed an extra HDD, but after that every time I boot up I have this black screen with blinking cursor line for ages before Windows start. I actually counted how many times it blinks lol.....178 times.

    I checked in the bios settings to see if it is set to start with the correct HDD, and it is. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 14,046
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    If you remove the HDD, does the problem go away?
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  3. Posts : 17
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Ztruker said:
    If you remove the HDD, does the problem go away?
    I'm not sure, will try that later on. Thanks for the reply. I will let you know.
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  4. Posts : 17
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       #4

    Ztruker said:
    If you remove the HDD, does the problem go away?
    I just removed the HDD, and yes then the problem goes away. What can I do?
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  5. Posts : 27,180
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #5

    You can try repairing the boot sector with Start-up repair if you have made the system repair disk(now called recovery drive): Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Recovery

    Recovery Drive - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Or better, if you have Macrium Reflect installed use the bootable USB and repair from that(it works much much better and reliably)
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  6. Posts : 17
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    TheBull said:
    I just removed the HDD, and yes then the problem goes away. What can I do?
    Thanks. I am downloading Macrium Reflect now. Never used it before, but will give it a shot. I will let you know on the results.
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  7. Posts : 17
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    Cliff S said:
    You can try repairing the boot sector with Start-up repair if you have made the system repair disk(now called recovery drive): Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Recovery

    Recovery Drive - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Or better, if you have Macrium Reflect installed use the bootable USB and repair from that(it works much much better and reliably)
    I repaired the boot sector with Macrium Reflect, but it made no difference however.
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  8. Posts : 27,180
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
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    TheBull said:
    I repaired the boot sector with Macrium Reflect, but it made no difference however.
    Are both disk's partitioned the same? I mean are both GPT(not one GPT + one MBR) to make use of UEFI?
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  9. Posts : 17
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       #9

    Cliff S said:
    Are both disk's partitioned the same? I mean are both GPT(not one GPT + one MBR) to make use of UEFI?
    Disk management looks like this.....
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Blinking Cursor line before Windows starts-capture.png  
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  10. Posts : 27,180
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #10

    Right click (on both) the Disk #(example Disk 0) open properties, volumes tab:
    Blinking Cursor line before Windows starts-screenshot-46-.png

    and it will show you your partitioning type:
    Blinking Cursor line before Windows starts-image-002.png

    Both disks should be the same type.
    ***notice the disk numbers in both shots***
    Blinking Cursor line before Windows starts-image-001.png
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