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Connecting a Sata III SSD drive prevents Windows 7 From Booting

Q: Connecting a Sata III SSD drive prevents Windows 7 From Booting

I connected a Sata III 240G SSD drive to my computer as an extra drive and it prevents Windows from booting from the other main "C" boot drive. The bios boot sequence is configured correctly. The system hangs on a black screen with a dash. The bios can see the SSD. I can also boot into other programmes from a CD like Aoemi backup or disk genius etc and they can read and copy partitions from the Sata III. Is there anything I can do to be able to boot into Windows and use this Sata III SSD drive?

Kind regards

Preferred Solution: Connecting a Sata III SSD drive prevents Windows 7 From Booting

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A: Connecting a Sata III SSD drive prevents Windows 7 From Booting

Was there another disk in the machine that this SSD replaced by chance?

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I have a SATA 1 TB Maxtor drive that is giving me issues. When the drive is plugged in it prevents Windows from booting even though there is no OS on this drive. I am running Windows 7 RC from a Raptor Drive. When I take the drive out my computer boots up with no issues at all.

Now normally I would assume there is a problem with the drive, but I had been using the drive fine up until about 4 days ago when this started happening, but the drive still spins when I turn my computer on, and in the boot menu my computer still recognizes the drive and can read the drive's size. My computer just stops at "Verifying DMI Pool" Sometimes it makes it past that and will make it to the Windows 7 screen then it will go to black and say "Checking Disk" and it will start to scan but eventually the progress will stop and it will just sit there.

Any ideas?


I put the drive in a SATA enclosure. When plugged in my computer recognizes there is a new USB device plugged in but the Hard Drive still does not show up in My Computer or in Disk Management. Drive still spinning though.

Re-formatting or accepting the drive is lost is my last option. I have a lot of important data on this drive. If I have to I would find a way for someone to fix it.

A:Internal SATA Drive Prevents Windows from booting

I do hate to be the bearer of bad news but it does sound like the drive is dying,

you can try the old trick of freezing the drive connecting it quickly and seeing if you can get it to be read enough to get the data off it.

im sure other TS members have their own ways of recovering dying drives, but that one works for me.

Also try and download the makers test tool for it and use that to test it with, if its under warranty you may be able to get it replaced, however the data is gone.

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I connected a second Sata drive and it now seems XP is trying to boot from that drive instead. When I disconnect the second drive it boots normally. The thing is it worked fine until I installed Linux (Debian) alongside XP but I'm not sure why that would cause the issue.

Anyway, what happens is after I connect the drive I get the following:
"strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"

When I go into setup utility and drive configuration I see the SATA primary drive is the new drive whereas the original drive which I want to boot from is listed as the primary master drive. SATA secondary drive and primary slave drive are listed as "off". Do I need to reconfigure this is some different way or is there perhaps something else going on?


A:Having problems booting after connecting second SATA drive

Sounds like your new drive is probably connected
to a sata connector that has priority over the other.
You should just need to change the first boot device
back to the original drive in the bios.

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I have an external USB hard drive connected to my desktop computer. If the drive is connected at power-up, the computer will not boot. If I boot normally (without the external drive) all is well, and I can connect and use the external drive. I have checked that the boot device options in the BIOS are OK.
This same external drive works fine when connected to another computer of the same type (HP) at power-up. Any hints or possible causes would be appreciated.

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Hiya there,

So i was minding my own business listening to music, browsing the net, as you do. But then i got a blue screen, everything locks up and it resets. Only to find i cannot boot back into windows! It's happened before, and just popping the XP cd in and running chkdsk on the secondary drive seemed to fix the problem. But alas, this time seems to be different. I can boot if i unplug the secondary drive, everything works perfectly - but plug it in and it gets to the scrolling boot splash and then goes blank. I don't understand how my secondary drive (which holds no system files) can stop windows booting?

If someone has any ideas what's going on that'd be fantastic and i'd greatly apreciate any help!

Take care

A:Secondary drive prevents booting

PhilipOldham, welcome to TSG
just out of curiosity what are the drives ide or sata?
if ide what are the jumpers set to on both drives?
if ide how are the master & slave hooked up inline on the cable? which one is at the end?

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I have a Seagate SATA 160G hard drive that I pulled from another computer. It was the main C drive of the system for the last 3 years and now windows wont boot at all.

I popped it in another computer of mine, and the computer turns on, I hear a low beep from the drive and then the computer shuts off. I had to pull the power cord and reset the PSU to get the computer to boot again. Tried again in different SATA port and same thing happens. The mobo is a MSI Delta2 AMD. Thinking maybe the serial ports in this computer are wonky or something? The computer works fine with the IDE drive currently there.

So I put the SATA drive in yet another computer that already has SATA drives, and the computer boots up, Promise Raid utility sees the drive, WinXP sees the drive, but when I click the drive, it says "drive not ready". And then I get a windows error telling me the drive isnt accessible. Yet I can feel and hear the drive spinning. Is this drive totally gone? But why is it spinning?

A:SATA Drive prevents computer from working, it just shuts off.

Sounds like the drive is dead.

A friend of mine had that happen to a sata, he couldnt get it working so he opened the drive up just to find out what went wrong. One of the read heads had burned out.

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Hey guys, title says the basic, but i have tried everything to my own knowledge on this. I recently ordered this from Newegg:
Western Digital 500GB 7200RPM 16MB-Cache SATA Hard Drive

My current drive being a Western Digital SATA 74GB SCSI
I plugged it in, Turned the system on, and it freezes right at the windows load up screen. A blue error message flashes by and it reboots saying "Windows did not load correctly" asking if i'd like to try "Safe Mode." I tried a few different options in the BIOS like switching up the boot order and turning some option mentioning RAID on/off but frankly i'm petrified trying to "test" out different options from the BIOS.

The first time this happened i thought maybe the HDD was dead so i sent it back, but this is #2 doing the same thing... unless it's dead too...

I dont think i have all the data/comp specs needed here so if there are any other parts i need to post please say so.

Motherboard: Abit AV8 (VIA K8T800P-8237)
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG

ANY help/direction/advice is greatly appreciated!

A:Solved: Second Hard Drive Prevents XP from Booting

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hi everyone, this is my first post since joining and I have high hopes that someone can help. provided that my external drive is running before i boot it is recognised and is useable, but if i switch it on after booting then it is not recognised. i understand that this procedure is similar to 'hot swapping' with a usb connection and for this to work with a SATA drive 'AHCI' has to be enabled in the bios setup. my bios has four settings available - native ide which is the default setting that i normally use, raid, legacy ide and ide-ahci. i set it to the last option which would appear to be the one i need and the only difference that it made was to increase the boot time from a normal 1 minute to in excess of 5 minutes. i tried all the other settings in turn and none of them did what i want, which is to be able to switch the drive 'on' and 'off' as i need it. i also found in another forum that 'msahci' driver should be loaded at boot time ( it is normally not by default) microsoft KB922976 refers. the bios file and the motherboard drivers are up to date. so can anyone see anything that i have missed or perhaps it is not possible.

A:E-Sata drive not recognised by Windows 7 after booting

Turn off all Legacy IDE and USB settings in the bios

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I installed a IOCrest Sata III 6GB PCI Express Card into my "Dell Inspiron 560". I installed the necessary drivers, as per the instructions that came with the controller card. It is now registered as a: "Marvell 92xx SATA 6G Controller" under Storage Controllers section in the Device Manager.
Here is a link to the card: SYBAUSA - SI-PEX40064 >> 4-port SATA III PCIe, x1, Revision 2.0, (Full & Low Profile); Marvell Chipset

I do still have 3 drives connected to the motherboard -- SATA... 'AHCI'. Assuming I get this card working. I was planning on moving two of those drives over to the new reportedly 'faster' card. My motherboard is only 'SATA II'. This is with the idea of not using my motherboards Sata Connectors anymore.

However the moment I plug in a new SSD drive or any other drive into the device with a 'brand new' SATA cable. Windows becomes stuck at the start screen. I get 'Starting Windows'. But no swirling logo. I tried letting it sit for about 10-15 minutes.

But - The Bios Post screens do recognize the SATA drive, and it's size as 450GB. (That is when I attempt to connect it) Or any other drive I attempt to connect to it.

I've tried going into the BIOS, and seeing if there were any settings to mess with. The A06 Dell-Inspiron bios is rather limited.

When stuck: The only recourse I had was to 'unconnect the Sata-cable'...Then hard-turn-off, and then turn-back on. Then Windows starts normally. I haven't tried any Safe-Mode s... Read more

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I'm new here and I've read threads about this already, but none are seeming to help me with this.

I have a Silicon Image SiI 3512 SATALink Controller with a 160 GB Seagate HD hooked up to it. My motherboard does not have SATA ports.

I've cloned my hard drive after a fresh reformat, gotten all my drivers, everything updated and running, and now what I want to do is boot Windows and work from that Seagate HD and have my other HD as my backup/storage.

A computer geeky friend of mine said he'd never dealt with anything like this and says it probably is not possible, but I've been reading threads all over from searching on Google and people are saying it is possible if your card has a BIOS of it's own, and I think it does, and I'm also seeing people say that you have to put the SCSI drivers in while you're installing Windows, but I don't have Windows CDs (this is a pre-built Compaq, yeah, sucks. =\)

So, yes, Windows is on the HD I want to boot from, I just need to be able to get my computer to want to boot from that device.

Any help is appreciated, thank you.

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I recently had to fix a problem on my grandma's computer that I've never had before. I'm hoping someone could explain why the problem occurred and whether I fixed it correctly.

My young cousin was using the computer (Win 7 in limited user mode) when something happened with the speakers. He thought he could fix the problem by restarting the computer using the on/off button. From what he told me, the computer would not restart normally. The black screen came up where you can select Safe Mode. He selected the start normally option. The computer booted to the desktop and then restarted back to the black screen. I ended up having to use the System Restore option from Safe Mode and everything seemed fine after that. I never really got to check things out properly though.

I'm going to assume that either the system settings or the registry was messed up from the sudden restart when my cousin pressed the on/off button. Would that be correct?

Was the proper way to fix this by using the System Restore option? I might have chosen the "last known good configuration" option from the black screen, but it wasn't listed and I don't know if it was listed the first time that screen came up. With all the button pushing that kid did, it's a wonder the computer still works.

A:Sudden restart prevents PC from booting to Windows

The damage would more likely be the result of the hard shutdown. This can damage file in a application which was running at the time.Doing a System Restore does seem to have worked, this would have returned the operating system back to the condition it was on the date that you chose.If there are any further problems I would suggest running sfc /scannow . Open an elevated command prompt. To do this go to Start> All Programs> Accessories> right click on Command Prompt and then click on Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.Type the following command, and then press ENTER: sfc /scannowThe sfc /scannow command scans all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.

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? Upgraded to Windows 8.1 preview from Windows 8, works fine for weeks.

? Randomly crashed one day. I believe it may have been waking from sleep mode when this happened. It cited:


Your PC needs to be repaired

The application or operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.

File: c:\system32\winload.exe
Error code: 0xc0000001"

? I've tried many recovery paths. BCDedit, bcdboot, fixboot, Windows 8 & 8.1 recovery media. For all of these I think I am either doing them wrongly or I get an error message that says it can't access/edit the bit where Windows 8.1 preview is.

? On a different drive I have a copy of Windows 8 that I used to clone to the other harddrive (now containing crashed 8.1 preview) over a year ago. They are unrelated I believe.

? There's a suspicious lack of Windows related folders on the D:\ drive containing the crashed Windows 8.1. D:\windows doesn't exist and D:\WINDOWS only contains one folder: "logs". The other folders such as "program files" are all locked.
This issue has baffled me. Does anyone have any ideas?

Or, if you think it would help, logs or tests that I can provide to help clarify my issue?

Many thanks.

A:Error 0xc0000001 prevents Windows 8.1 from booting at all

Hello Sara, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Please read the instructions here: Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions, and post back with the needed information. One of our BSOD experts should be by afterwards to further help.

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Hi Folks, I've got an urgent problem.

I have a relatively new Dell Inspiron 1564 with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit on it. The problems started when I removed Dell's preset "data" extended partition (D:\). I then extended the C: partition where Windows is to the whole drive minus the recovery partition (which I labeled as R:\). A "bootmgr is missing" error happened until I made the Recovery partition as Active (which I thought was very weird in itself). But the laptop seemed to boot as normal.

Then, out of the blue, I turned it on and once past the Dell splash, a black screen with a blinking cursor on the left corner came. I couldn't boot into Advanced options (F8) or Windows at all. I tried using a recovery Windows 7 USB stick that I had and was able to get into System Startup Recovery but this hasn't worked to fix the problem. Messing with the cmd has not helped either. However, I can still get into Windows if I boot to the USB, because it shows "Windows 7 (Recovered)" in the boot menu, which happened after a Startup Recovery. So Windows itself seems fine, its just the boot sector that's messed up. I tried using Dell's recovery feature and reinstalled Windows on the C: partition but this didn't change anything. The problem seems to be the bootmgr is on the R: drive, not the C: drive.

I need to fix this very quickly so urgent help is much appreciated!

A:Black Screen with Cursor prevents booting to Windows

Did you try pressing the F12 Key?

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A family member has come to me requesting help with a computer problem. Unfortunately, as she lives a few states away, I can't just pop in there to help. As of a few days ago, whenever she tries booting up her Windows Vista PC (an off-the-shelf HP desktop), she is greeted with the following screen:If the image doesn't show, it's a screen that shows an icon of a padlock, the words/logo "Windows Password-Reset", and a box that says:"Choose the userChoose the user whosepassword you want to reset:AdministratorGuestMy Relative's UsernameOkReboot"I was told that her account/username doesn't have a password, and that if she clicks on "Ok" she's prompted for some sort of authorization key. Choosing to reboot takes her back to that screen and she's not able to get to the OS.I tried directing her to get into safe mode via the F8 key, but she claims she can't; this screen pops up immediately as soon as she resets the computer or turns it on.Any ideas of what to do and where to start with this one?Thanks in advance.

A:"Windows Password-Reset" screen prevents booting into the OS or safe mode

What happened prior to this?

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Hi there, i have recently bought a new Sata DVD drive for my desktop machine, it came with no instructions or cables.

I have a Sata cable which connects into my PSU, does the drive also have to be connected to the motherboard?

I have attached a picture of the cable i have.

Many Thanks

A:Connecting Sata DVD drive

You'll need a SATA data cable to connect the drive to a SATA port on your Motherboard. If your motherboard does not have SATA ports, you will need to install an adapter in an available PCI or PCI express (preferred) slot. Search for "pci sata card" or "pci express sata card"
a picture of the connector is here:

You can get just a data cable, or a combo data/power adapter, a picture of that is here:



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I have 3 hd's in my system right now. My boot drive is a 36gig SATA drive. And the other two are IDE. Currently i am using a PCI controller card for the two IDE drives. However, if I try to simply plug the IDE cable directly into the mobo my system will not boot. I have set the boot priority in the BIOS. The PC post's like normal but when the XP boot screen normally shows up i get nothing but a blank screen. Any ideas?
EDIT: I have an ABIT IC7 motherboard. My boot drive is the SATA drive. The other two drives dont have any OS files on them. They are simply connected master and slave through the IDE connection on the MB.

A:Booting to SATA drive

Without specifics about the MB, it's hard to even guess. On the SATA systems I've seen, the proper settings in the BIOS were all that was required.

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I have a computer bought in 2002, with a Biostar u8668 MoBo, a 40GB IDE drive (master) and an 80GB IDE drive (slave). I bought a 500GB SATA drive (WD5000AAKS, if you need that) and a VIA VT6421 PCI board with two internal and one external SATA ports and an IDE one. I want to remove the 40GB drive and replace ity with the 500GB one, leaving the 80GB as storage. I managed to install Windows XP in the new drive, but to complete the installation I need to boot from it, and I don't know how to. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Booting from a SATA drive

I may be completely out of date with this advice because i still got good old fashioned ide!

If you go to your bios there is usually a "boot device" option in there. Pick the drive you wish to boot from in the list. save and exit.

Ps.. Turn on your pc and press f2 (i think ?) a few times to get to your bios settings.

Hope this helps

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Hi, I currently have a IDE dvd drive, and now want to install a Sata DVD drive. I had a card adapter (for sd, xd cards etc), but I did not have another Sata cable, so I have disconnected the card reader, and used the cable for the DVD drive.

Now when I start up the computer, it is continually coming up with "disk boot error please insert system disk and press enter". I have searched google and this forum, but don't understand a few things.

Firstly, I am using IDE cables for one of the DVD drives, and a Sata cable for the other. I was reading that is might be changing it to a master... Not exactly sure what this means, but in Bios, is says 0 Master: Old dvd drive, 2 Master: New DVD drive. What am I doing wrong for this to be coming up? I know the new one should be coming up as 0 Slave, but its not...???

I have disconnected the new dvd drive, and connected the old one (as it was), and it is still coming up with the same error... Have I dont something wrong?

Thanks in advance. I apologise if I haven't included all the information you need. Just reply back with what I have forgotten.

A:Connecting a new sata DVD drive - problems

Hi and welcome. Did you disconnect the hard drive?

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I purchased a Dell Inspiron 531S desktop and wanted to move my IDE 200 MB HDD from mo old PC to the Dell.

We tried connecting the IDE HDD as an external drive but the Dell would only recognize the case and not the HDD.

The TechSpot Q & A have saved me in the past so I hope someone can give me a solution

A:Connecting IDE Hard Drive to SATA PC

It dosen't have any IDE connections at all? You could always try a PCI card that will allow you to use IDE drives, however be warned that it would only be like ATA66.

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Hello all,

I was running XP on my computer downloading stuff off utorrent and suddenly I got an error "Error: Torrent cannot continue due to I/O access error" and the HDD LED started blinking for long intervals (5 seconds bright red followed by 2 seconds of not glowing). Guessing something temporary, I rebooted my system and the windows on that HDD has not booted since. The LED glows for 5 secs with 2 secs off time. If I listen closely I can listen some sounds but cant say they're clunking noises.

My configuration is:
AMD Sempron 1.6 GHz
MSI K8M800 Mainboard
VIA 8237 Controller
1 GB Transcend DDR RAM, 400 MHz
HDD 1 : Seagate 236 GB SATA HDD 7200 RPM Barracuda

C: 36 GB containing Windows XP installation
D: 100 GB
E: 100 GB - Location for torrent downloads

(Please note that windows of this drive was active when error occurred)

Samsung 72 GB PATA HDD 7200 RPM

F: 6 GB containing Windows again... which I'm using as of now. Dual boot is not configured. I select which installation of windows to load by choosing the HDD boot priority.
G: 33 GB
H: 33 GB

I tried running SEATOOLS for DOS from a bootable CD on the Seagate drive.
Short Test : Failure occurred. Perform long test
Long Test : It displays some 48 billion LBAs and keeps finding errors as it scans. However, after running for 10-15 mins or so, barely finishing 100,000 LBAs (not even 1%) it displays the results mentioning the LBA number where errors were encountered and an option to repair them. Repair ... Read more

A:Seagate SATA Drive not booting

Your drive has failed. Seagate has a 5yr warranty so rma the drive back to them and they will send you a refurbished drive.

Can you recover data from the drive? Well it depends on how much money you want to spend. I would attempt to connect the drive to a working system and run data recovery software. If that fails, you can take the drive to a shop that does data recovery however that is NOT cheap. Where I live it starts @ $100 for a simple recovery with software and goes way up from there if they have to disassemble the drive.

As for backups, use acronis true image to image the drive and store the images on a server, external drive, etc.

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No, this WON'T be an easy one. The symptoms are similar to this thread, but the circumstances are different. This is a newer HP desktop using it's onboard SATA controller. The system turns on, but won't boot from the hard drive. All I get is an IMMEDIATE blank screen and no HD activity. I can boot to anything else, and use tools that see the HD (like the Recovery Console or Hiren's/Falcon's diagnostic CDs). They merrily scan the drive, report it to be fine and let me do anything I want to it, like repairing the MBR and PBR. Like that server in the other thread, it makes no difference. In that case, transferring the drive to a different controller gave us a toehold to get it back working. We don't have that option here, as this controller is the only one it has.

Any ideas?

A:SATA Hard Drive not booting

What's the history ? Did it used to work, and then stop, or is this a new HD replacing a bad one. If "B", why did the first HD go bad. Maybe the controller was bad, killed the first HD, and won't work with a good one.

Is it a good one ? Does it work fine in another computer ?

Will a known-good hard drive work in the "newer HP" ?

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I have a clean Win 7 Professional 64 installation on an IDE drive that is working fine and can access another SATA drive that I have installed on the system.

If I clone the IDE disk (Acronis) onto the SATA drive (then use repair to fix the boot details and change the boot order in the bios) then the machine will begin to boot from the SATA drive (showing the starting windows logo) but will restart after about 10 seconds. It's exactly the same each time and in safe mode shows that it crashes after disk.sys.

I originally installed onto the IDE drive because I had the exact same issue when trying to install directly onto the SATA drive and figured it might be something to do with the drivers.

I've tried a number of other suggestions from other posts:
1) disabling all non-essential devices
2) using only one stick of RAM (and trying different sticks)
3) using other SATA drives
4) trying a different video card
5) trying another SATA controller
6) using safe defaults on mb bios
7) updated bios to latest version
8) updated mb and graphics drivers to latest versions
9) using ide modefor the sata disk

I've had install problems before but this one really has me stumped. What I really don't get is why it works on the IDE drive.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


A:Crash when booting from SATA drive


Do I have this right:

Direct Win 7 install to SATA disc has failed for more than 1 SATA disc.

Direct Win 7 install to IDE disc succeeds the only time you tried it.

Restoring image of the successful IDE Win 7 install to at least one SATA disc fails to complete boot.


Do you think that the successful IDE install itself indicates SATA issues?? I'd guess you can image IDE to IDE successfully?

Are these all clean installs?

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I just tried to install a brand new SATA drive that I am now connecting using a ATX Molex Power to SATA Power Adapter. It is in a non-OEM box. On my old hard drive I just used a IDE connection. When I boot off of my XP Pro CD it does not recognize the hard drive.
I have a AMBIOS BIOS 3.31a.

What needs to be change in order for the computer to see the new hard drive?

Thank you for looking.

A:Solved: Booting to a new SATA drive

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3967 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1791 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 448568 MB, Free - 399972 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0XFWHV
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2013, Updated and Enabled

I am trying to connect an internal SATA HDD as an external drive for use as a backup medium for my system.

To connect the HDD, I am using a cable-set, consisting of a power-adapter, a cable adapter (6" long, 4-pin to SATA power fitting), two-sided femaile receptacle and ribbon-cable data fitting with a shielded UBS cable attached, 6" ribbon-cable.

With no power on, I connect the power-adapter and assorted cables and adapters to 125V AC power and to a USB port of my computer and to the SATA HDD. Everything seems to fit, mechanically.

I apply power to the computer and to the assembled SATA HDD components. The computer starts normally, but I do not notice any vibration, stirring, whirring of the SATA HDD. Also, when the computer is full booted, and I look at My Computer with Windows Explorer, I find that it does not recognize the presence of anything at a USB port, particularly not my SATA HDD.

I have tried fully booting the computer and connecting the HDD to the USB port afterwards, as I might a memory stick, but it is not recogniz... Read more

A:Connecting internal SATA HDD as external drive

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Gday all,

I have Vista x64 Ultimate installed on my 500gb Sata I drive. I also have Windows xp x64 pro installed on an older 250gb IDE drive. Just fyi I also have an optical drive daisy chained on that IDE drive because the motherboard only has one IDE slot, and 4 sata II slots. HDD is set as channel 0 master, and optical drive as channel 0 slave. and the Sata HDD is set as channel 2 master.

After i installed Vista and then tried to unplug my old IDE, it decided that it will not boot Vista. I get to the 'verifying DMI pool data' and the bunch of dots and that's where it crashes.

In bios I have enabled allowing multiple OS's. Ive tried disabling IDE channel 0, done about every trick in the book short of formatting both and trying again which I havent done because of need to backup photos etc. But that can be solved with buying a 1tb which I aim to do really soon. (and a sata II one at that >_< )

Should also note that when the IDE drive and sata all plugged in with the said configuration above, it runs fine no problem what so ever. Only thing I've noticed is that I cannot format the older IDE drive from Vista's disk managment.

What I want to do is to be able to run my SATA drive solo, so I can test windows 7 on the old disk.

Any and all help would be hugely appreciated.


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OK, while I consider myself to be quite an expert at most things PC related, the hardware side of stuff usually goes right over my head and I can't figure this one out at all.

I recently bought a new computer with a SATA motherboard. I managed to connect my old IDE hard drive to it using some sort of connector/adapter thing that I bought. This IDE drive has an installation of XP home SP2 on it. Now this works fine as a slave drive, and I can access all the files on it from my main SATA drive's Vista installation. But when I try to boot XP from it I get the list of options of how to boot xp (safe mode, last known good config, etc.), and then the blue screen with error 0x000..07e. It then just restarts itself.

Now I don't want to lose my files on there so I'd rather not just reinstall windows xp (especially as its an oem version or whatever), but I would still like to be able to boot it.

I tried using my dodgy xp installation cd to get on the recovery console and using fixboot, but nothing. Should I be installing sata drivers on there or something?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

ps. im pretty sure my motherboard is an Nvidia nForce 405 but i could be completely wrong

A:Booting XP from an IDE drive on a SATA motherboard (headache!)

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

The problem is, your old hard drive/Windows installation will have all the drivers/hardware configuration for your old mobo and won`t work with the new mobo.

If you`re really lucky, a Windows repair as per this thread HERE might work, with the emphasis on might. The only other option is top backup your important data and reformat and reinstall from scratch.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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Hello, My WS external hard drive mini usb connector fell off.

Iv'e tried to weld It back to the usb adaptar on the external hard drive, but without succssess.
thus Iv'e totly dissconnected the usb adaptar from the hard drive and tried to connect It directly to the pcs motherboard via a SATA connection.
The Drive shows up on my computer as D: and seems to be empty...
From what Iv'e read from the web, WD drives could It be the encrypted, In that case how do I deal with It?
If you know somthing that might help, It'll be great.

Please help the info on this drive Is very important

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i have 2 old hard drive's with some data in them and im trying to retrive it back to my current computer.
one of the drive's works perfectly, but when i connect the second drive it kills the cable totally.
i cant use the cable anymore.. even for the first drive.
it happend for the second time already so i figured out the hard drive is the problem..
any ideas how to fix the problem? what should i do?

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Hello, this is my first post here. I have an HP Workstation x4000 I use at work for Designing CAD Models. This is an old computer. My problem is that I am out of room on the Hard Drive. It is a 58 GB SCSI,68pin HP Hard Drive. My IT support guy purchased me a 1GB SATA Drive,Raid Card,enough Memory to fill the MEC Card, and Norton Ghost to flash over the new Drive. My problem is, the Card he bought will not fit into the Mobo. The ribbon in the Computer has an empty plug and a power plug,but they are for a 68 pin SCSI Hard Drive. Is there a cable made that I can use to simply plug the SATA Hard drive into the 68 pin ribbon,or do I need a card? Do they make such a thing? My boss is extremely frugal and doesn't want to hear that the best thing would be to replace the 12 year old computer! Thanks for any help you guys can give me

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Anything to know?



A:Solved: Connecting an IDE slave drive to SATA motherboard, with converter kit

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I purchased an adapter on Ebay that was supposed to allow me to connect my ide hard drive to my sata mobo connectors. My mobo has primarily sata but it has one ide which is already connected to my ide hard drives.

I have tried everything I can think of. connecing this and that, reversing connections, nothing workd. The instructions I was given were awful and the person I purchased is not helpful in answering questions. He hasn't responded.

Once connected I can't get it to show up in the bios The hard drive is an IDE Seagate 400gb drive. I am connecting to a sata connector on my mobo. I already have two other sata devices connected, they are two dvdr's .

My computer specs are listed above in the computer icon. The converter I purchased is listed here:

Is there a trick to doing this?


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HI there, i'm having trouble with a new hard drive i bought, it's a seagate 80gb sata, my motherboard only accepts ide connectors so i bought a controller card with sata ports connected one cable (bought seperately) to the hard drive and another through a convertor to the power. When i start up windows it recognises the raid controller, that in turn recognises the hard drive but it seems to be under a seperate interface, the normal bios does not recognise the hard drive as slave or master or at all for that matter! Have i connected it wrong or is there something i'm missing? Thanks in advance for any help!

A:Problem connecting Sata hard drive via controller card

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I bought a HP Pavilion p6-2104ed years ago but wanted to change the GPU. I transported all the hardware into a new case (Coolermaster 280), upgraded the standard PSU into a Seasonic 650 W 80+ Gold, and bought a new GPU (GeForce GTX 960 2G). The computer works perfectly in the new case with the old GPU (HD Radeon 7550) but does not boot with the nw GPU. When I start the computer, the first start up screen shows up and a total of three beeps appear before the screen turns black with a little flickering dash in the upper left corner. It is like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9F0LWwZD3w -I did connect the GPU with a PCI cable for the power and its lights and fans turn on.-There should be enough power to run everything (650W).-I deinstalled the drivers before installing the new GPU.-I updated the BIOS via this link: http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-pavilion-p6-2100-desktop-pc-series/5187028/model/.... (not completely sure if I succeeded tough)-I doubt that there is a problem with my RAM as the three beeps can indicate because the computer works fine with the old GPU. What can be the problem and how can I solve it?-Does it maybe have to do with Legacy / UEFI settings? The MoBo should be compatible (http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03235578).-Is there a problem with the BIOS?-Does it maybe help to disable the integrated GPU? If yes, how. I cant seem to find the right settings.-Am I misunderstanding something? An overv... Read more

A:GTX 960 prevents booting computer

Sadly it will never work. You need a mobo bios update from HP and that PC is EOL with no further updates ever coming out. Time for a all new build or snag a new mobo then use the parts you have left if you choose to go that route. The newer cards need full UEFI support.  

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I have a major problem:

I have a sick PC, which has lots of data/software on it which I really prefer not to lose. The PC gives "missing/corrupt hal.dll" messages on boot and will no longer actually 'do' anything.

P4 2.3Mhz Intel
WinXP Pro (missing install disks and no recovery disks)
CD-ROM, CD-RW, Floppy
Seagate 80Gb HD

I have another PC (thank heavens), and I have tried hooking up the 'sick' HD to it as a slave, but then during booting (at the point where you get the Win2000 bootscreen) it jumps to the infamous 'blue screen of death'....

Spec 2nd PC:
P3 600Mhz Intel
CD-ROM, Floppy
Seagate 20Gb HD

Now what I would really like is:

To retrieve ALL my data/software from my 'sick' HD and continue using WinXP Pro.

What I'm willing to settle for is:

Losing ALL my data from 'sick' HD and starting all over again with Win2000 on it.

I DO NOT have a any WinXP CD ROMs
I DO have a Win200 install CD
I CAN download stuff and burn CDs if necessary

Can anyone please help me?

A:How do format a HD that prevents booting????

First thing I'd do is get the seatools drive diagnostics (there's a link for it in the drive diagnostics sticky thread at the top of this forum) and verify whether the drive has any physical faults or not.

if it diagnoses as faulty, then bin it. chances are you won't be able to get your data off.
If it passes the testing, (and i'm going to assume you had the jumper configuration set correctly when you put it into the win2k box) then you could try putting it in either box (as master, on it's own), booting from the win2k cd and deleting the partition(s) and then recreating them to install win2k on and see how that goes. of course this will lose all the data, but if you can't get it to work in a machine as a slave, it's unlikely you're going to be getting this back anyway.

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I have a major problem:

I have a sick PC, which has lots of data/software on it which I really prefer not to lose. The PC gives "missing/corrupt hal.dll" messages on boot and will no longer actually 'do' anything.

P4 2.3Mhz Intel
WinXP Pro (missing install disks and no recovery disks)
CD-ROM, CD-RW, Floppy
Seagate 80Gb HD

I have another PC (thank heavens), and I have tried hooking up the 'sick' HD to it as a slave, but then during booting (at the point where you get the Win2000 bootscreen) it jumps to the infamous 'blue screen of death'....

Spec 2nd PC:
P3 600Mhz Intel
CD-ROM, Floppy
Seagate 20Gb HD

Now what I would really like is:

To retrieve ALL my data/software from my 'sick' HD and continue using WinXP Pro.

What I'm willing to settle for is:

Losing ALL my data from 'sick' HD and starting all over again with Win2000 on it.

I DO NOT have a any WinXP CD ROMs
I DO have a Win200 install CD
I CAN download stuff and burn CDs if necessary

Can anyone please help me?

A:How do I format a HD that prevents booting????

I suggest you connect the disk drive to the secondary IDE channel. Temporarily remove any devices on that channel for the data recovery.

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Hello Surgeon General,

I have a similar problem as noted in this thread http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic393619.html

I followed the same recommendations and have uploaded the zip file of reports just as you instructed the original poster to do...i did however reference this thread...

Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is my partner's business machine and she is starting to pull her hair out ;p

Thanks in advance!


A:Rootkit prevents XP from booting


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Windows XP SP3

About 4 months ago, my computer froze up, and I had to force it off with the power button. When I restarted, it would get to the Windows screen, but it would be stuck with the bar scrolling across. After 5-10 min I would get a blank screen, but no functionality. I tried reinstalling Windows but still had the same problem. After messing around for a bit I found the problem to be one of my hard drives.

If it was connected, the computer would not boot. If it was disconnected everything worked normally. If I booted the computer without it connected, then tried to connect it, the computer would freeze while trying to initialize it. I formatted the hard drive, and everything worked great till last night.

I opened a video file on the hard drive in question with Media Player Classic, the program froze and I tried to close it. The entire computer ended up frozen and I had to shut down using the power button again, and now I am in the same situation. With the same hard drive connected, the computer gets stuck at the Windows startup screen then goes to a black screen after 5-10 min. With the hard drive disconnected, everything works perfectly.

I assume I can just format the hard drive again, but I would rather try to figure out what the problem is and fix it if possible. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

A:Hard drive prevents Windows boot

Sounds like either a faulty HardDrive (ie bad spots) that requires replacing
Or you need to run CheckDisk (hopefully in Safe Mode

To run CHKDSK (in Safe Mode I suppose)

Open My Computer
Right Click on C drive
Select Properties
Select Tools tab
Select Check Now button
Tick "Automatically fix file system errors"
Start YES OK
Restart your computer
Wait for Check Disk to start/finish

If you can't get into Safe Mode you can run CheckDisk on a command line using your bootable Xp CD, and the command: chkdsk volume:/f, and then press ENTER (substituting your volume name to the Drive letter ie C )
More info here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265

If you don't have your Xp CD, try one of these free CDs

Ultimate Boot CD

XP Recovery Console

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Hi.. new to this site.
I installed original HD XP on another PC with XP.
System will not boot from Master if XP slave is installed.
Any ideas? thanks

A:xp slave hd prevents master from booting

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Hi again
....am now aware that normal booting only achievable when my USB printer is disconnected.

Can't begin to understand what is happening here.

Asus P8Z68-VLX / Intel i3 2120 / Win 8 Pro 64

A:USB (Printer) connection prevents Booting!??

System Specs Including Printer

Would save a lot of time.

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I use Windows Vista 32bit on a Sony VAIO FW laptop...I used combofix today to try to remove a google virus that redirects me to advertising webstes...Whe I ran Combofix for the first time, it took over my computer, restarted it and now my computer does not get past a blue screen...I'm having the same problem, when i restart my computer, it shows the Sony VAIO logo and then the blue screen and this is the error message A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computerDRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUALSTOP: 0x000000D1I cannot get to the command prompt using Safemode with command prompt...I cannot even find the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console...When I restart again and press f8, I choose REPAIR YOUR COMPUTER and I enter my administrator password and can then go into command prompt...The command prompt is in X:\ and not C:\ I dont know what to do from here...Any help will be appreciated...my suspicion is that when I ran Combofix, it affected one of the drivers used in the booting process and now my laptop cannot boot anymore PLEASE HELP!!!Edit: Moved topic from Vista to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:COMBOFIX prevents my laptop from booting

I cannot even find the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console...Vista doesnt have Recovery Console, it has the Recovery envrionment, which is slightly different.First, you will need to access the Vista Recovery Environment.To do so, restart your computer and begin tapping the F8 key to enable the Advanced Start menu.If the option 'Repair your computer' is available, select it.If not available, you will need to insert your Vista installation dvd and restart, then press any key when prompted to boot from the cd.At the Install Windows screen, select Repair your computer. (image below)Once you get to the System Recovery Options screen, first take note of the drive letter assigned to the operating system, then select Command Prompt.Let me know if you could do these steps. Otherwise I will give you other instructions

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I have a desktop which originally came with XP.

The original HDD filled up so I installed a second HDD (1TB) for the data.

I then carried out a clean install of Win 7 on that second HDD and had a dual boot setup which, in the end was the only HDD being used - or so I thought!!

I have now removed the original XP HDD and installed another HDD (3TB) for yet more data at which point my problems started.

Machine wouldn't boot with a short simple message something along the lines of no boot disk. I tried swapping the boot order in BIOS with no change so, thinking it was a simple matter to run a Windows 7 Repair to place the MBR, which I now assume had been originally installed on the XP disk, onto the Win7 HDD and thought it would take 5 minutes - Wrong.

It's now been going all day and I wonder if I can stop it to replace the XP HDD and sort out the boot process that way assuming no other changes have been made in the mean time.

Apart from a detailed Disk Check, I can't think what is taking so long.

So, is it safe to stop the Repair or do I risk breaking the Win 7 installation resulting in a new install?

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Hi, am getting a bit desperate. I have a Win 7 64 bit desktop machine that to the best of my knowledge does NOT have hibernation enabled. When I finish on something I usually put it to sleep unless there's a software update requiring a reboot.

So today after coming back to it I tried to start it from sleep and the fan kicked in but nothing on screen (occasionally happens and I normally just do a forced restart by holding power down for four seconds. But on rebooting I got this message:

Your system's firmware did not preserve the system memory map across the hibernate transition. If you proceed with resume, your system could behave in an unexpected manor after resume completes. It is recommended that you save all your data and reboot the system after resume finishes. Kindly check for a firmware update with your system vendor as it may fix this problem.

( Use the arrow keys to highlight your choice.)

Continue with system resume
Delete restoration data and proceed to system boot menu.

And whichever I chose got me next to this message:
Your computer can't come out of hibernation.

Status: 0xc0000411

Info:A fatal error occurred processing the restoration data.

File: \hiberfil.sys

Any information that was not saved before the computer went into hibernation will be lost."

Now if I try to boot up, I get to where the Windows symbol starts then there is a brief blue screen too quick to see what it says, then a restart. Locked into that cycle. I can't boot into safe... Read more

A:Hiberfil.sys problem and memory map prevents booting up

Gentle bump - no ideas?

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My PC (a Clevo/Sager compact desktop from circa-2005, WinXP SP3, 3.20Ghz Pentium 4, 1GB DDR2-533 SD RAM) refuses to boot up past the XP "progress bar" screen. When it's halfway through, a quick BSOD appears and reboots it. I tried booting in Safe Mode, but get a BSOD as well. It was working just fine up until a couple of hours ago, when I decided to reboot it to "refresh it". Didn't notice anything strange before powering off.

I have to mention that this isn't the first time that this has occured. I don't remember what I did to "fix" it the last time around, but I'm suspecting that this may have to do with the PC's CPU overheating. Looking at it, it wasn't the most well-built PC, as it contains a desktop CPU in a large laptop chassis, has several fans that run loud as hell, and feels hot to the touch. In the last year or so, I've been noticing it's performance degrade, as the CPU gets automatically downclocked to 2.6Ghz, with its temperature hovering around 70 to 73 degrees according to EVEREST. I try my best to make the PC run as efficient as possible, program-wise, and despite the degraded performance it still gets the job done. It suffered a nasty virus attack (which BleepingComputer helped me clean up!) well over a year ago that I fear may have left it compromised to this day. I can't even format and reinstall XP because: 1)I need a portable floppy drive to first install the SATA drivers, 2)The XP ... Read more

A:BSOD Prevents my PC from booting up past XP progress bar

If you want to keep an eye on temperatures then Speed Fan is a small program that will always be a quick click away from teling you CPU usage and Temperatures - I have used it for a few years and found it is great - You just look at the program face to get all Temps for CPU , Motherboard , CPU usage and fan speed - If it is showing very high temps then you will need to open the case and blow the dust , etc out , or replace the fans -Thank You -

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Ok, I've just bought and built my new computer, and I'm having trouble installing windows xp pro onto my new sata hdd.

My first problem was getting the windows installation to detect the drive, I managed to find information on how to do that, and following instructions I made a driver disk and used the "install third party scsi or sata controller" option thingy where you press f6 during the first stages of the windows xp installation. It worked, and I partitioned and formatted my drive, windows copied all the installation files over etc, then rebooted itself to continue the installation....

Now during startup the sata hard drive is not detected and the computer boots from the cd-rom again. It then goes through the exact same process and tries to get me to start the installation from scratch again.

I don't have much experience with bios settings etc... but I had a look. My primary boot device is set to "hard drive". secondary is cd-rom. There is no option to set boot device to "sata" or anything like that. I changed the jumper on my dvd writer and set it as slave on the primary IDE channel, even though there now is no master (i have no IDE hard drive).

this is the computer:

M/B: GA-K8N Ultra-SLI
Processor: AMD 3500+ skt 939
Memory: A-data 2x512MB Dual channel
Hard Drive: Seagate 200GB 7200 sata
CD-ROM: LG DVD writer
Graphics: MSI 6600GT

Please help, I am completely out of ideas and I have searched everywhere for a solution...
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A:Booting windows xp from sata

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Hi, i'm new to this site but very familiar with technology, i built this machine myself.
im currently running off my old HD but i want to reinstall windows onto my new SATA hardrive (160GB) this one is an IDE. The BIOS and Nvidia Raid config recognize the drive but the windows installation does not. I was reading this thread on this site that i foudn from google


because he has the same MB as myself but different hard drives. I am currently in the process of trying what he did but i do not have a floppy drive. I only have a 1 CD drive and a 16GB floppy drive. i'm going to try these routes first for the configuartion software but if not im going to see if i can find one laying around.

IF i cant find one and the CD/flash drive don't work is there another way to try the methods described in the previous web link?

*Hard Drives are Western Digital Caviar

A:Installation Problems of Windows XP onto SATA HD. SATA Drive not recognized.

Most newerBIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting, change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( Verbage will vary by manufacturer )

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I am trying to added a printer on a windows 7 machine. When i add new printer and select from the list i get this error.
Connect to Printer.
A policy is in effect on your computer which prevents you from connecting to this print queue. Please contact your system administrator.

I have tried adjusting the Group policy setting and registry as suggested in this article. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=319939&product=winsvr2003
I can manually add the printers via the ip address of the printer, but cannot from selecting them from the available printer list.
Any suggestion to resolve this issue.


A:When trying to add a networked printer i get this error. On windows 7 Profeesional machine.__Connect to Printer.__ A policy is in effect on your computer which prevents you from connecting to this print queue. Please contact your system administrator.

I would like to suggest you configure the following policies in your default domain policy. After configuring the policies you should run the command:
gpupdate /force.
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Printers\
Point and Print Restrictions >>
Prevent addition of printers
>> Disable
Prevent deletion of printers
Local Computer Policies\Administrative Templates\Printers\
Allow print spooler to accept client connections
>> Enable
If the issue persists, you may also refer to the following link to troubleshoot this issue:
Does it work?
Regards,Arthur Li - MSFT

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