+ 0 Votes Final Query? kal_lmn March 23, 2013 at 5:14am PST OK, so I bought a new HDD after work, installed it alongside my old HDD, and installed Windows 7 on it.. After boot, I used a partition manager to completely wipe all data from my old HDD, deleted all partitions and turned it into just one large logical partition (I thought I could use it for storage or something). Everything seemed GREAT until this morning. When I booted up this morning... it got stuck on the "starting Windows" screen again. I thought my heart stopped and I was confused as to WHAT the **** it could be. I let it sit there to see if it would EVENTUALLY boot... maybe it was extreme slowness. After about 4 minutes, it went black and started running the chkdsk tool and said my "E:" drive needs checking. My "E:" drive is my old (now storage) drive. during chkdsk it froze again... this time for about 3 minutes until I said screw it, powered off, unplugged my old drive, and now it boots like a charm again... at least the first time (which I am using right now).What I want to know is... If a HDD is failing, can you not use it at ALL on your system? Is the old failing drive what may be causing boot problems now even though it isn't booting FROM that drive and is just a logical drive now? Hopefully IF that is the problem and I remove it completely, this will be the last entry to this Q&A thread... Thank you all so very much for your help so far, I do greatly appreciate it.