I just purchased a Dell Inspiron 660 with Windows 8 Pro.

I added a second hard drive to the machine. This drive contains all my data (files, music, pictures, etc.)

The boot drive is plugged into sata 0.

The dvd was plugged into sata 1.

I plugged the second hdd into sata 2.

It would not recognize the 2nd hdd.

So I switched the dvd and 2nd hdd. The dvd now in the sata 2 slot and the 2nd hdd in sata 1.

The PC found the 2nd hdd, but did not pick up the dvd. Oddly, it showed an E drive as System Reserve (it must have picked up one of the system partitions that I noticed windows uses).

I rebooted a few times, then noticed that I would sometimes lose the 2nd hdd on sata 1.

Is this simply a cabling issue? I thinking it maybe HOWEVER does not explain why NOTHING is picked up in the sata 2 slot.

In terms of other partitions: the OS is on C and I have a Programs partition labeled G. when it picks up the 2nd hdd, I have an H,I and J partition on it. And like I said, it shows that System Reserve partition as E.

Any thoughts?

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  • This sounds like a power issue actually. Have you tried just plugging in the second hdd into sata 2 without supplying power to the optical disk drive? – Ramhound Nov 29 '12 at 15:23
  • I wonder if the extra SATA ports need to be enabled in BIOS, I've seen OEMs do weird stuff like that in their BIOSes before. – Brutick Nov 29 '12 at 15:28
  • Actually, after a conversation with someone else at work, we are wondering if the problem isn't with the UEFI/Windows Boot Manager. UEFI is supposed to be the software interface between the BIOS and the OS (if I understand that correctly.) Will have to wait till I get home to investigate! – pflyer Nov 29 '12 at 18:34
  • Everyone should read this article on UEFI. Every new Win 8 PC will have this interface. link – pflyer Nov 29 '12 at 18:47