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Old Aug 26, 2010, 8:19 AM   #1
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Default How to install 2nd drive for scratch?

Hi, I have a new computer that I want to add a 2nd drive to for a scratch disc.
Running win7, Gigabite Ultra Durable 3 board, 650W PSU.
I assumed that when I attached the sata drive to the board and provided power that on reboot the system would find the drive however when I attach the 2nd drive the comp will not boot up it gets as far as the splash screen STARTING WINDOWS then just sits there.
If I remove the power to the second drive and reboot it boots in a couple minutes.
I attached the second drive and then looked at bios and it is there also tried the detect drive option.
But still will not boot past the STARTING WINDOWS screen.
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Old Aug 26, 2010, 9:29 PM   #2
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I havent had to mess with multiple SATA HDDs. Here's SEAGATE's installation instructions for SATAs.

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...00dd04090aRCRD

Not totally sure about requirements for jumper settings (Master - Slave) like required with the old IDE interfaces. It looks like from the SeaGate instructions that it is not needed.

However, there seems to be a statement about a jumper used for compatibility with older SATA controllers, so check the HDD for that setting/configuration.

Also, once in a blue moon, an HDD is not compatible with the BIOS/chipset controller for AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface).

So here's a test. Look into your BIOS in Advanced settings & disable AHCI, then try to boot up with both drives connected. If it works, you may need to just leave AHCI disabled (and live without NCQ, etc.) or buy a different brand/model HDD.

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Old Aug 27, 2010, 12:43 AM   #3
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Hi, Many thanks for the advice and the very helpful link.
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I havent had to mess with multiple SATA HDDs. Here's SEAGATE's installation instructions for SATAs.

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...00dd04090aRCRD

Not totally sure about requirements for jumper settings (Master - Slave) like required with the old IDE interfaces. It looks like from the SeaGate instructions that it is not needed.

However, there seems to be a statement about a jumper used for compatibility with older SATA controllers, so check the HDD for that setting/configuration.

Also, once in a blue moon, an HDD is not compatible with the BIOS/chipset controller for AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface).

So here's a test. Look into your BIOS in Advanced settings & disable AHCI, then try to boot up with both drives connected. If it works, you may need to just leave AHCI disabled (and live without NCQ, etc.) or buy a different brand/model HDD.
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There's a setting in the BIOS Setup program to turn different interfaces on and off. You may need to configure the computer so that it handles the second drive properly before you can continue.
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Old Aug 28, 2010, 9:54 AM   #5
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Hi, Firstly thank you for the help.
Saw a drive on offer ( SEAGATE BARRACUDA 7200.12 ST3320418AS 320GB SATA2) 35 Euros so took a chance today & bought it, came home put it in and yep works like a charm so conclusion and lesson learnt DON'T BUY SO CALLED NEW DRIVES FROM EBAY!!!!!!!!!!!
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All is not lost. There's an outstanding chance that you can still use the eBay purchased HDD in an external enclosure. Go to Frys Electronics & purchase a suitable external SATA enclosure (presumably USB 2) and give it a try with the eBay drive. If it doesnt work then just return the enclosure to Frys within the 14 day trial.

External drives are a great way to keep backups (faster, more convenient & reliable than CD/DvD).

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Ps uses the scratch disk as it's main memory. Almost EVERYTHING goes through there. It uses RAM as a cache to speed up operations. Basically the opposite of what the scratch file does in windows.
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