PC Won't Boot after Hard Drives Rearranged
Posted on 2014-07-23
I think I just experienced the proverbial "shooting oneself in the foot" syndrome. I have a custom built PC that uses a CoolerMaster HAF-XM case. This case has room for 6 internal hard drives and two X-Dock slots for hot swappable removable HDDs. My configuration this morning was as follows:
B: Blue Ray drive
C: Windows 7 boot drive - internal Crucial 128 GB SSD
D: internal Western Digital (WD) Black 1.5TB HDD (that failed and needs to be returned to WD)
E: another internal WD Black 1.5 TB drive
F: second internal 128GB Crucial SSD identical to C
J: new internal WD Black 1.5 TB that will replace failed D drive
H: internal 2TB Seagate HDD
Z drive: 1 TB WD Black drive in X-dock #1
I have an ASUS P8Z77-V LK motherboard running their UEFI Bios utility Bios version 0210.
Earlier today I opened the case to remove the failed D drive. At that time I got it in my head to move around some of the other drives. I wanted to move my two working 1.5 TB WD Black drives into my X-docks. These drives are being used to backup photos and videos from a NAS device and I liked the idea of being able to easily pull them out and swap them.
I did NOT move or touch either of the two SSD drives (including the C boot drive). I did move all of the HDD drives into their desired place. Just when I put the case back together I had a bad premonition - I was wondering if changing the drives would effect booting. In theory, I did not change the boot drive so I thought I was OK. Wrong!
When I booted the computer the BIOS would load then I would get a black screen with the following error message:
Reboot and select proper boot device
Insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key.
I have since rebooted a number of times into the BIOS to try and find the problem. I have changed the Boot Priority in EZ Mode and Advanced Mode - I still get the same problem.
My BIOD Under EZ Mode:
Boot 1 disk was shown as P0 M4-CT128M4SSD2
Boot 2 disk was disabled in BBS Order***
*** After my problem I set the CD/DVD Drive BBS Priorities to disabled to try and force the issue with the SSD - no luck.
Under HD Priority it gives me 4 options and it shows all the 4 drives installed - the two SSDs and two HDs (the two HDs in the X-dock are not connected and do not show).
The other SSD shows as S0 M4-CT128M4SSD2. I can't tell if S0 or P0 is the true Boot drive, so I tried setting S0 as first priority then P0, it did not work.
I did notice that under Advanced Mode SATA Configuration only one of the SSD drives shows up. All the drives that do show are listed as Hot Plug Disabled. (I wonder if this was enabled if the problem would have been avoided).
I am writing this from a very old, slow XP box. I would really appreciate help in getting my W7 PC back running. I need to leave the house for 45 minutes. If you post a quick reply, it may take me an hour to respond. THANK YOU!!!!