BIOS splash screen freezing after installing seagate 240GB 600 series SSD

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  1. qohelet

    qohelet Senior Member

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    Just recently bought seagate 240gb 600 series to replace my old drive. However am having some issues. Most of the time it would just freeze and will not get pass the BIOS splash screen. I have to power off several times before it will boot on my OS. Tried it on both ahci and raid and still the same problem. Tried also to use both A08 and a12 bios and the problem still persists. I have the drive installed in port 0. Have not tried on port 1. I have my old hard drive on port 1 as storage. I have Alienware m17x r3.

    Any help is greatly appreciated. I really dont want to deal with the hassle of return and exchange. Sigh

    My bad i should have stick with crucial ssds... But i got this seagte for $100 and thought i got a steal...lol
     
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    alexhawker Spent Gladiator

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    It may be finding the boot record on your old mechanical disk, and is getting confused which to boot from. Does it have the issue with the mechanical drive removed?


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  3. qohelet

    qohelet Senior Member

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    I dont think its my second hard drive that is causing the problem since i dont have any OS on that. And my old crucial ssd did not have this kind of problem.
     
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    Was the Seagate the only drive connected to the system when you installed the OS? Having more than one drive connected has been known to cause issues for some.
     
  5. RCB

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    Was there ever an OS on the HDD? and, Did you clean install windows or Clone a previous installation?

    When you say not getting past the Splash screen - do you mean the P.O.S.T. before windows starts?
     
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    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    But I would first try seeing if the system will boot once the second drive is removed or disconnected.

    John
     
  8. qohelet

    qohelet Senior Member

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    Hey guys just want to give update.

    Am still having the same problem of freezing on p.o.s.t. Screen. However if i removed my second hard drive the freaking ssd will boot. Tried installing the second hdd (segate 320gb hdd) and it will freeze again on p.o.s.t. Screen. I have a feeling that its trying to acess my 2nd hdd on p.os.t. since i hear a single click before it would freeze.

    I dont tknow if my 2nd hard drive is the problem. I tried to install back again my old sdd (crucial m5 128gb) and there is no freezing.

    So its like this:

    seagate 600 ssd (port 1) + 2nd hdd (port 0) = freezing
    Seagate 600 ssd (port 1) + crucial 128 ssd (port 0) = no freezing
    Crucial 128 ssd (port 1) + 2nd hdd (port 0) = no freezing

    There is no OS on my 2nd hdd. Boot order is fine. Am confused already.
     
  9. RCB

    RCB Notebook Deity

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    Me too.

    Did you ever have an OS at any time on the HDD that's giving the problem? Any mounted folders or hard-links?

    Did you try to put the chosen boot SSD into port 0 and the HDD in port 1.

    It's unfortunate but you'll have to keep trying things, otherwise send it back.
     
  10. qohelet

    qohelet Senior Member

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    I did have an OS on the HDD before on the separate partition. I had to zero delete everything on the drive just to rule out the possibility that that might be the one causing the problem. But the freezing problem persisted even with that.

    My old crucial ssd still has an OS with it but it's not causing any freezing problem whenever i put both them together ( meaning both ssds together- seagate ssd and crucial ssd in port 1 and port 0).
     
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