Multiple SATA HDDs...
I've been asking a lot of questions lately - sorry! It's just been chaos since me and my brother bought two almost-identical systems together.
Anyway, this problem is regarding my brothers computer. He got a 320gig SATA2 HDD with it, however he has 3 others from his previous computer he wishes to install into the new computer.
He will always have the computer boot the new 320gig hdd, but the other hdds will be visible in My Computer. Now, the 320gig boots fine on its own, however when his other 3 (lets call them the 200gigs, as they are) are plugged in, nothing ever boots. You either get it frozen on the detecting IDE screen (after the drives are detected), or at the end of updating DMI pool data... sometimes it says "Update Success!" and sometimes not, but it never boots.
We've tried placing the hard-drives in different positions... the 320gig on its own channel as master and another 2 as master/slave on a second channel, the 320gig a master and a 200gig as slave, and then the other 2 on the other channel, etc... I've ensured the hdd-boot priority is set correctly, and that our primary boot is the hard-drive. ONE time, we managed to have it start loading Windows for assumingly the 320gig hdd, but it just kept loading for ages and didn't actually get into anything. When we restarted we had the booting problem again.
Lately my brother hasn't been able to boot the 320gig anymore (the new one) but I haven't been around and i'm pretty sure I just didn't leave it connected properly or have the BIOS setup properly, which is fine.
If you guys have any ideas what to do here, that would be wonderful. Thanks.