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Windows won't start

During the process of adding another hard drive I disconnected the sata cable from my main hard drive and forgot to hook it back up before rebooting. After realizing my moronic blunder, I shut the power off, hooked the cable back-up and rebooted. Now windows dosn't start. The "PCI device listing..." screen just hangs there with the flashing cursor at the bottom. Unplugging the the new drive dosn't help.
The hard drive is recognised in the set-up sceen e.g. first sata master disk.

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Re: Windows won't start

Hi Moons,

First you will need to boot up. When you do this you need to go into bios and then go to boot and disable the hard drive floppy and any other drivers. You must make sure you keep the cd driver as 'able', save setting and exit out of bios. This will let you reboot. After it`s done, the partition in the computer will reboot the computer. Make sure to go back into bios and able the hard drive, floppy etc...
I had the same problem, and solved it this way.

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Re: Windows won't start

Try your jumper settings on the new drive. Should be set to "slave".
Also your bios settings, make sure your booting the right drive first..
Hope this helps.


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