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Please help! having trouble with HDD

Ok so my problem started when my old hard drive was put into my new build. I am stuck on the windows repair startup boot. I decided that it was the hard drive, so I brought a few hard drives to my school where I knew that I could use a win7 install disk in my computer engineering class. I put win7 on all of the hard drives and they all booted properly on the school computer that I used to format and install windows. Not one of these hard drives can boot normally in my new build, I keep getting stuck on the windows repair startup screen. I have tried orientation of the sata cable and even brand new sata cables that I had on hand. Nothing is working, I have been troubleshooting this for a week now and still no solution. Please recommend fixes or things for me to try. - Jak

Edit: I have done some more testing and it is only the certain motherboard that I am using that is having issues, I purchased it from newegg about 2 weeks ago, should I return it?
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  1. When you install Windows, it is best to have only one HDD (or SSD) connected to SATA 0. Later on, after Windows is installed you may add other disks.
  2. Ubrales said:
    When you install Windows, it is best to have only one HDD (or SSD) connected to SATA 0. Later on, after Windows is installed you may add other disks.


    I am only using a single HDD at a time and I am sure that I use the SATA 0 port just incase.
  3. Download and run "HDTune" and/or "CrystalDiskInfo" and check the health of the disk. If the re-allocated sectors count raw value is 1 or higher, replace the disk.
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    I'm not sure exactly what you mean when you say it gets "stuck on the windows repair startup".

    What you are trying to do - take an HDD with Windows already installed on it from one machine to another - often cannot work. This is because the Windows already installed has all the device drivers for the many devices of the original machine, but is missing drivers for devices on the new machine. There is a way to try to fix this using the Repair Install process. It often works, but sometimes does not. I am not sure that you are doing this, though.

    To do this fix, you need the windows Install DVD - or, at least, an Install DVD from the same version of Windows that is already Installed on the HDD. You install that HDD (and no other HDD) in the machine, and place the Windows Install DVD disk in the optical drive. You must set the Boot Priority Sequence in BIOS Setup to boot first from the optical drive, and then from the HDD. Boot the machine, and it should boot from the Install disk. Do NOT to a normal Install! Look for the Repair Install option and do that. This process re-does the survey of devices present and drivers installed already, and attempts to fix all the mismatches. When it is finished you can back out of the Install disk, remove it from the optical drive and reboot. If the process worked perfectly, the machine will boot cleanly and Device Manager will show no problems. If it was not quite complete, the boot will be OK but you may find a couple of yellow Caution triangles in Device Manager that highlight devices that still need a proper driver. In that case you need to find and install those. If the process failed, your machine still will not boot.

    Note that this is NOT the same process as a Startup Repair. That is a process for repairing corrupted system files at startup using backup copies (which may be on the same HDD), but it is not used to resolve mismatched device drivers.
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