Installing third drive

  PaulCrane 08:05 10 May 2008

I've just bought a big new SATA hard drive to store video on. I already ahve two SATA hard drives installed and I'm trying to install the new one as a third.

With everything connected, the PC will not boot. If I boot with the new drive unconnected and then pug it into a spare SATA port, it connects fine and then I can use it. It also connects fine via a SATA/USB connector.

Am I missing something here? Is it not possible to connect three hard drives as I want to? I get the sense that the third drive is somehow interrupting the boot sequence but I'm not sure what else to do.


  bremner 08:46 10 May 2008

Your problem is that the computer is trying to boot from your new disk.

When you initialized the disk did you make it a primary or extended partition?

You only need to make it Primary if you intend to boot from it.

You could remove the partition and then re partition it as an extended partition

  crosstrainer 09:17 10 May 2008

Also, check your BIOS settings. (usuually by pressing the DEL key on boot up)

Check the boot sequence. First boot device should be the HDD which has your OS installed (c)

  PaulCrane 11:22 02 Jul 2008

In truth, I never really got this working but a USB/external SATA hard drive enclosure does what I need it to.

Thanks for the help though.


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