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Old 8th Jan 2013, 02:04   #1
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"Detecting Drives. . . " screen for a very long time?

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So I got my new PC case, and moved everything over, and did a fairly good cable management job. However... When starting my PC, it will show the BIOS screen (the Press Del screen) and then go to "Detecting drives . . ."
It will stay at this screen for approx 3-5 minutes. Then boot, and run completely normal. However, if I press the DEL key to get in to BIOS, it will go to "Detecting drives . . ." and then after the wait, go in to BIOS.
In boot priority, it is first, followed by Cd-ROM, then removable drive. (Should I disable this?)

It's running in SATA Port 3, so I was thinking maybe that's the issue? Or does the BIOS near-instantly detect them if there are no issues? It's a Western Digital 500gb 7200 RPM 16mb cache drive, if that helps.
I didn't change any hardware between switching, only the case. Also. My CD-ROM drive is detected in BIOS, but will not show up in "Computer" under my hDD. Nor will it open when I press it.
Is it a possibility that it's getting shorted out and that's why it hangs, and will show up in BIOS but not boot? I'm pretty much out of ideas now. :C

Can boot device times be affected by which SATA port it's in? I'd need a longer cable to reach Port 1, but I don't know if that would help or not. ( I could get a cable tomorrow.)

Here's my PC:

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit .
Kingston HyperX 8gb DDR3 1600mhz
Sapphire 6870 1gb.
Phenom II x4 975BE.
Zalman Z9 Mid Case.
Corsair GS600 PSU.
The CD drive is an LG, but specifics I can't say.
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Old 9th Jan 2013, 15:33   #2
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Hey guys!


So I got my new PC case, and moved everything over, and did a fairly good cable management job. However... When starting my PC, it will show the BIOS screen (the Press Del screen) and then go to "Detecting drives . . ."
It will stay at this screen for approx 3-5 minutes. Then boot, and run completely normal. However, if I press the DEL key to get in to BIOS, it will go to "Detecting drives . . ." and then after the wait, go in to BIOS.
In boot priority, it is first, followed by Cd-ROM, then removable drive. (Should I disable this?)

It's running in SATA Port 3, so I was thinking maybe that's the issue? Or does the BIOS near-instantly detect them if there are no issues? It's a Western Digital 500gb 7200 RPM 16mb cache drive, if that helps.
I didn't change any hardware between switching, only the case. Also. My CD-ROM drive is detected in BIOS, but will not show up in "Computer" under my hDD. Nor will it open when I press it.
Is it a possibility that it's getting shorted out and that's why it hangs, and will show up in BIOS but not boot? I'm pretty much out of ideas now. :C

Can boot device times be affected by which SATA port it's in? I'd need a longer cable to reach Port 1, but I don't know if that would help or not. ( I could get a cable tomorrow.)

Here's my PC:

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit .
Kingston HyperX 8gb DDR3 1600mhz
Sapphire 6870 1gb.
Phenom II x4 975BE.
Zalman Z9 Mid Case.
Corsair GS600 PSU.
The CD drive is an LG, but specifics I can't say.
Sounds like the cd drive has a fault/short/incorrect fitting as if it wont even open it got to be a hardware problem as it should open even straight after you've pressed the comps power button.I would unplug the cd drive completely and see if it boots normally.
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Old 9th Jan 2013, 15:41   #3
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Also, try re-seating or even replacing your SATA cable(s).

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Unplug them all and reconnect one and boot then add another. Should show you which cable/drive is playing up.

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Old 10th Jan 2013, 05:59   #5
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I got it. :P

I ungplugged the CD Drive ,and it still sat at "detecting drives . . ." So I plugged it back in (with a different SATA cable) and it worked. Turns out it was the CD drive causing me to hang, not the HDD. So everything is working correctly now. :P

I had to wait 2 days to get the new cables.
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