Issue WIth External SATA Drive

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by DeathStalker77, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. DeathStalker77

    DeathStalker77 MDL Senior Member

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    #1 DeathStalker77, Mar 28, 2010
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    Greetings all!

    I have Win 7 successfully installed (and activated). I have several ATA and SATA internal drives, one USB AtA drive, and one eSATA SATA drive installed. I have made sure that the external drives (and only the primary internal drive) are listed as Active, but whenever I try to boot up with the eSATA drive plugged in, the system attempts to boot from it. I have checked the BIOS settings and do not see it there (Abit IP-35 PRO). It does not do this with the external USB drive (though that can often be unavailable after a re-boot and I have to manually unplug it and re-plug it in for the system to properly recognize it).

    I have configured all the drives in Disk Management for the proper order (and letter), but this does not appear to make a difference with the eSATA drive on startup.

    Also, it does not seem to add itself automatically when hot switched (if I plug it in while Windows is running) - I have to go into Device Manager and detect new devices for it to show up.


    Thanks for any assistance! :)
     
  2. herrkarl

    herrkarl MDL Junior Member

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    And exactly that is wrong. Active means you want to boot from it.

    1 operating system = 1 active partition only (minimum for this partition to boot is system, active, primary in disk management)

    Only your internal boot partition should be active.
     
  3. DeathStalker77

    DeathStalker77 MDL Senior Member

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    My typo - I meant that only the primary internal drive is Active - all others are Inactive. Sorry about that.
     
  4. herrkarl

    herrkarl MDL Junior Member

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    This looks like a driver problem to me.

    Did you install a driver for eSATA ? (You should have, but I think you didn't.)
     
  5. Rosco

    Rosco MDL Addicted

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    I think this is a problem with older BIOS makes and nothing to do with your drives.

    I don't think you can do anything about this unless a BIOS update fixes it - my old ASUS board annoyed me by switching the boot order when I changed things around and getting it wrong.

    If you eSata drive has a power switch turn it off - turn on in OS and it should install driver and give drive letter - you can change drive letter allocations for all your drives for consistency.
     
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  6. DeathStalker77

    DeathStalker77 MDL Senior Member

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    I was worried it might be something like that - the board is only 2 years old (and a highly rated one) - didn't think it would have problems like this. I know I have the latest BIOS release (I got it from here, after all ;)

    Yes, I can always activate it manually, but that is a bit of a pain. I'm going to check the BIOS settings again, maybe there's something there I can adjust. I think I might have it set to boot to external items first, since I had to boot to a USB stick the last time to do my BIOS update. Hadn't thought of that, but since it's an issue before it gets into Windows, I kinda feel a bit foolish for not having thought of it first, lol.

    Many thanks :)