Windows 10: PC Starts but will not boot into Windows Solved

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  1. Posts : 1,467
    Win 10 X64 Pro 15063
       07 Dec 2016 #11

    daniellouwrens said: View Post
    Hi

    Windows is installed on the drive, see above "PC boots to Windows"

    Cheers

    Daniel
    I'm a little hazy on what you have.

    If I read correctly, you can boot into Windows with the bad HD disconnected.

    I'm not sure why you are getting a "can't find any device" message, unless the bad drive is still remembered in the BIOS setup.

    At a guess, the "bad" drive really is bad. So bad that it may not be easy to recover data from it. I'd try putting in in an external USB adapter, although I doubt that will help. I have read of people swapping the drive controller electronics board from an identical drive, but I have never tried that myself.

    Best of luck.
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  2.    07 Dec 2016 #12

    Hi

    I have all my data backed up so that is not a concern, but getting my PC to boot with both hard drives is a necessary.

    I do not want to attach another USB external drive .

    So, I can boot with only the OS drive connected but not if the other drive is connected.
    By 'connected" I mean internally with SATA cables to the Motherboard.

    Today I removed the second drive, attached it to a USB external enclosure and the PC would not boot
    but if I attach it after the PC has booted into Windows it works fine and passes all Seatools tests as does the Boot hard drive.

    I am totally lost and look for any advice.

    Regards

    Daniel
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    07 Dec 2016 #13

    daniellouwrens,

    In Device Manager, under Storage Controllers are there any unknown devices or flags?

    Could you be overloading the power supply of the computer?

    Are you able to install the drive without Windows in another computer and check what happens?
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  4. Posts : 1,467
    Win 10 X64 Pro 15063
       07 Dec 2016 #14

    daniellouwrens said: View Post
    Hi

    I have all my data backed up so that is not a concern, but getting my PC to boot with both hard drives is a necessary.

    I do not want to attach another USB external drive .

    So, I can boot with only the OS drive connected but not if the other drive is connected.
    By 'connected" I mean internally with SATA cables to the Motherboard.

    Today I removed the second drive, attached it to a USB external enclosure and the PC would not boot
    but if I attach it after the PC has booted into Windows it works fine and passes all Seatools tests as does the Boot hard drive.

    I am totally lost and look for any advice.

    Regards

    Daniel
    The USB thing was to make its data recoverable. I should have stated that. Glad to hear that it's unnecessary, because it's already backed up.

    I'm getting out of my depth here. When the "bad" drive is mounted in the USB enclosure, what does Disk Management say about the drive?
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  5.    07 Dec 2016 #15

    Hi

    "When the "bad" drive is mounted in the USB enclosure, what does Disk Management say about the drive?"

    It sees it as a GoFlex (the name of the enclosure) healty etc and all the data is accessible.

    cheers

    Daniel
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    07 Dec 2016 #16

    Hi,

    I disconnected then reconnected all cables, I have two hard drives and noticed that the boot screen shows only one, then goes to the "Press DEL to enter setup" as before then goes no further, I disconnected one drive and on boot the screen showed "Can't find any device" then continued to boot into Windows.
    Keep only that drive connected, check in BIOS what SATA port it is connected to and when not 0, open the case and hook it up to that.
    Back in BIOS make that the first boot device.

    If all that works fine you can then connect the second drive to SATA port 1 and how that goes.

    Cheers,
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    08 Dec 2016 #17

    fdegrove said: View Post
    Hi,



    Keep only that drive connected, check in BIOS what SATA port it is connected to and when not 0, open the case and hook it up to that.
    Back in BIOS make that the first boot device.

    If all that works fine you can then connect the second drive to SATA port 1 and how that goes.

    Cheers,
    Hi

    how can I tell which port is 0 or 1 etc, is it just trial and error?

    regards

    Daniel
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  8.    08 Dec 2016 #18

    Hi,

    It is usually marked on the MB's pcb or it is shown in your pc's manual.
    Often the ports are arranged in numerical order so if you don't have any of the above info then trial and error is the only way out.

    Cheers,
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    08 Dec 2016 #19

    Hi

    thanks, I worked it out, the OS drive is on Sata 0 and the PC boots fine when
    that is the only drive, when I attach the 2nd drive it is on Sata 1 and the startup
    dialogue find both drives but the PC does not boot, it hangs on the Press DEL for Bios Setup,
    but will not go to Bios Setup.

    Both drives have passed Seatools tests, the 2nd drive was in a USB enclosure
    for the test.

    So at least we have confirmed that we are on 0 and 1.

    Regards

    Daniel
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10.    08 Dec 2016 #20

    cottonball said: View Post
    daniellouwrens,

    In Device Manager, under Storage Controllers are there any unknown devices or flags?

    Could you be overloading the power supply of the computer?

    Are you able to install the drive without Windows in another computer and check what happens?
    Hi

    no flags in Device Manager, but the drive is not attached to the MB.

    I believe that if there is a power issue the PC would turn off.

    I am reluctant to test on another PC, that is out family main PC and I do not
    want any problems with that one.

    cheers

    Daniel
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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