PROBLEM: Windows 7 and my 2nd SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by illyon, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. illyon macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2011
    Hey MacRumors community,

    it's my first post and usualy i'm just a passiv reader, but this time i can't solve my problem by just reading posts :p

    i have an eraly 2011 Macbook Pro which already came with a 256GB SSD.
    Since i need Windows for certain software in my profession and had not enough space to work with, i bought a 2nd SSD with an Caddy for my Optibay.

    On my first SSD (256GB) is Mac OSX and Windows 7 Installed and both work great.
    If i remove my Superdrive, OSX and Windows 7 are still fine.
    But as soon as i place my 2nd SSD in my MacBook, Windows won't boot anymore and gets stuck at the black screen and a blinking curser.

    If i boot OSX everything is fine. I can access the 2nd SSD and use it as planed.

    When i unplug my 2nd SSD, Windows starts as it usualy would.
    So why does my Windows 7 not work, when my 2nd SSD is pluged in?

    Hope you guys can help me, i don't know what to do anymore.
    Cheers Flo
  2. ahdickter macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Is there anything on the SSD, or is it blank?
  3. illyon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2011
    My 2nd SSD is blank. (it's a Samsung 470)
    I've tried a GUID and MBR formating, but it didn't make a difference.

    any idea?
  4. wikus macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
    try resetting the PRAM and SMC.

    I had some startup issues with my Intel 320 SSD drive. Took about 30+ seconds for some reason. Reset the regular stuff and the time got cut in half. Give it a go.
  5. illyon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2011

    i just resetet both and still get the black screen and blinking curser.

    windows doesn't boot at all. it stucks at the black screen.

    still thanks for the suggestion.
  6. wikus macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
    I actually just did a test trial. I'm in the middle of transferring absolutely everything from my Mac Pro to my 2011 Macbook Pro. I have an Intel 320 SSD and a WD 1TB drive for the main bay in the macbook. Only now did I try to throw in the fenvi optibay caddy and try out a dual boot (your post made me a bit worried). I have 10.6.8 installed on the SSD, and Windows 7 as well as 10.6.8 again on the 1TB. Both OS X and Windows booted up fine.

    This wont be the easiest suggestion, but try it anyway:

    Put in your SSD drive into your main bay. Put your optical drive back into the secondary bay. Format and ZERO OUT the SSD drive. Then format it to Mac OS Extended Journaled, and reinstall OS X.

    I have a feeling that MBR/GUID is not done properly on the SSD drive itself which may be messing up the bootup for Windows.

    Keep in mind, that the PROPER way to install Windows is through Bootcamp. Did you setup your partitions in bootcamp or disk utility?
  7. illyon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2011
    Sounds promising.

    1st Drive: SSD 256 GB (original from Apple - Samsung)
    Mac OSX 10.6.8 & Wndows 7 installed with bootcamp

    2nd Drve: SSD 128 GB Samsung 470
    empty - ereased with Disk Utility to GUID Mac OS Extended Journaled

    since it's a SSD you can't "Zero Out" the drive. It's just possible with HDD.
    (at least with the Disk Utility)

    Late this afternoon i'll have the Leopard Disk and install everything again, hope it helps.

    i've another guess. I only heard this problem from people who have a SSD WITHOUT OSX on it.
    Maybe i've to install OSX on my 2nd SSD first :confused:
  8. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    If you purchased the upgrade kit from Other World Computing you could contact them and see if they know anything about your problem.

    I know that others have also had this problem so one would expect OWC to have some info on the subject...
  9. goodtimeshaxor macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    Let me know and update me on any progress you make with your issue. I'm waiting with baited breath!

    Hopefully, one of us finds a solution to our dual drive problems. If I find something, I'll let you know

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