[RESOLVED] Computer Won't Boot With Second SATA Hard Drive Connected
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    Resolved [RESOLVED] Computer Won't Boot With Second SATA Hard Drive Connected

    I have an Abit motherboard that I have always run 2 SATA hard drives on. My primary on SATA 1 is a 250gb Western Digital that runs my operating system. The secondary hard drive on SATA 2 is a 80gb Western Digital hard drive that I use only for storage. The computer runs great with this setup.


    I decided to replace the secondary 80gb hard drive with a new 250gb Western Digital hard drive so that I could have some more storage. With this new 250gb Western Digital hard drive connected on SATA 2 the computer won't boot for some reason. If I go back to the 80gb hard drive the computer boots up fine.

    Why would this bigger hard drive on SATA 2 cause my computer not to boot. Any idea why this would happen?

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    What does the bios say for max storage??
    Obviously it runs good first way, but second way seems to be a problem.

    500 GB of storage may be too much for its processor .
    HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook /AMD Turion II P540 Dual Core 2.40 64 bit/4.00 GB memory/ Windows 8.1 /// Windows XP Professional SP3/ 4 GB Memory/ AMD Radeon HD 7700 series Video Card/2.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core/Google Chrome 34.0.1847.137 m

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    Where in the bios would I find the Max Storage? The thing runs great with the 80gb drive connected. As soon as I replace the 80gb with the new 250gb SATA drive the system halts and won't boot.

    I did boot the computer up with the secondary sata hard drive disconnected. Once the computer was booted up I plugged in the secondary 250gb Sata 2 drive to see what would happen and the whole computer froze.

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    Problem solved!! I just figured out that this new 250gb Western Digital hard drive is SATA II. My motherboard only supports SATA I. All I had to do to fix this problem was put a jumper on the 5-6 pin on the new hard drive which is the OPT 1 jumper. This enables the 150MB/s data transfer speed for SATA 1. Now everything is working great.

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