My Dell XPS 8500 died. Replaced it with refurbished Dell Optiplex 9020. So far, I like it but I am heart broken at the loss of my Software, music and personnel stuff.
I am trying to use Aomei Backupper to clone the C: partition so I can boot the old HDD and get some of my stuff. So far it has not worked. I attach the old HDD as the second HDD but with the second drive attached, the computer will not boot. It very briefly flashes the logo and then goes black and stays that way.
I suspected the problem was probably caused by the BIOS. But I simply do not see anything wrong in the BIOS. It shows the second drive. Instructions say the original HDD should boot first and this is the sequence shown.
I have run out of things to try. I am hoping some of you can help.
#3. "RE: Computer won't boot with second HDD attached" In response to Toots (Reply # 2)
It has been awhile since I have worked on BIOS problems and frankly I chickened out. Nothing I tried did any good. The Boot sequence is set for Legacy not UEFI. It showed the second HDD as first boot. I tried and tried and was not capable of changing the order.
Sorry about the delay in replying. Have to postpone trying second HD. While this was going on, my Free Windscribe (VPN) was cutting off. Reported it to Windscribe and they were trying to fix it. Anyhow, dont' know what they did but my Internet stopped working, Called Mediacom and they started trying to fix it. In the interim, Microsoft insisted on updating my OS. They insisted in order to shut down my PC. All of this action has taken a toll on my OS and now many things won't work. Like the printer. The pity is I backed up my system on 7-1-2021 with Aomei Backupper and I cannot get Aomei to restore the backup. Will submit this problem as new later.
#9. "RE: Computer won't boot with second HDD attached" In response to Toots (Reply # 6)
No, for now forget about the BIOS.
Pressing F8 (the Function 8 key), maybe repeatedly, at bootup with the old drive connected might open the "Advanced Boot Options screen". If it does, then you can up or down arrow to the new hard drive to select it and it should boot.
It's possible that a key other than f8 could be used by Dell to access the "Advanced Boot Options screen". Maybe Google it, if F8 doesn't work.
If this should work, you will most likely have to continue doing an F8 boot for as long as you have the old drive attached after shutdown, or reboot, say for updates requiring a reboot.
#11. "RE: Computer won't boot with second HDD attached" In response to Toots (Reply # 0)
Lots of good suggestions from KJT. The key for Boot Options on a Dell is F12.
Toots, You didn't tell us what failed on the old computer. Was it the hard drive, the power supply, motherboard or something else? Did you have it looked at by someone familiar with computer repair?
I really think you are in over your head. I recommend that you find a local computer repair shop or independent technician to help you. Ask friends and relatives for referrals. Take the "new" computer and the hard drive from the old one and let someone with experience do the work for you.
Behind every good computer... is a jumble of wires 'n stuff.