Windows 7 Trouble installing SATA HDD


New Member
May 20, 2009
Welcome, this actualy happens to be my first post here.

I have trouble installing HDD - it is the same type as the other HDD I already have in my PC, taken our from my old computer, it still haves data on it, I removed the 150mb/s limit (I have Crosshair II Formula m'board, it should support 300mb/s I think). The new hdd is not a system drive, only data storage, some applications. The main problem is that the startup (flashing windows logo) just freezes. I actualy left it for like 4 hours, the drive seemed to be working all that time, though I don't know what for. It might contain 200/500 gbs... It's Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500320. Had to unplug it again, just to be able to post here...

Anyone know what is happening?

It sounds like you are experiencing issues with installing a second HDD into your computer, specifically a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB drive, and encountering freezing during the startup process.

Here are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot this issue:

1. Check the SATA Port and Cable:
- Ensure that you have connected the new HDD to a working SATA port on your motherboard and that the SATA cable is securely connected.
- Try using a different SATA port on your motherboard and a different SATA cable to rule out any issues with the connections.

2. BIOS Settings:
- Check your BIOS settings to confirm that the new HDD is being detected properly.
- Make sure that the SATA mode in BIOS is set correctly (usually AHCI or IDE mode).

3. Partition and Format the Drive:
- If the new HDD has data on it from your old computer, it may need to be properly partitioned and formatted for use on your current system.
- You can do this using Disk Management in Windows (if you can access it) to create a new partition and format the drive.

4. Check for Drive Errors:
- Use a tool like CrystalDiskInfo to check the health and status of your new HDD. It can help identify any potential issues with the drive itself.

5. Startup Repair:
- If Windows freezes during startup, you can try booting into Safe Mode or using the Windows Startup Repair tool to fix any potential startup issues.

6. Test the Drive on Another System:
- If possible, try connecting the new HDD to another system to see if it functions correctly. This can help determine if the issue is with the drive or your current system.

7. Update Drivers and Firmware:
- Make sure your motherboard BIOS is up to date, and you have the latest drivers installed for your motherboard and HDD. Also, check if there are any firmware updates available for the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 drive.

By following these steps, you should be able to identify the issue causing the freezing during startup with the new HDD installation. If the issue persists, feel free to provide more details, and we can further assist you in troubleshooting the problem.