1.    29 May 2016 #1
    Join Date : May 2016
    Posts : 1
    windows 10

    Boot error w/ replacing 500GB internal secondary drive?

    Hi all

    This is so confusing to me, and after three hours of finagling, I've decided to ask for help!

    I have a Dell Studio 1737 laptop.

    Inside are two hard drive bays.

    Drive C --- contains my OS (Windows 10) and program files. --- 500 GB
    Drive E --- contains my documents, pictures, etc. ---- 500 GB

    Tonight, I bought a 2TB internal drive to upgrade my E drive (the documents, etc.)

    So, I opened up the laptop, took out the existing drive, swapped in the new larger drive, closed up the laptop and restarted.

    Upon trying to boot, I get a message

    PXE-E61 : Media test failure
    PXE-MOF: Exiting Broadcom
    PXE ROM Opertaing system not found

    which is rather odd, since my OS resides on the C drive that I haven't removed.

    I booted to BIOS and made sure the C drive was still in the first position, and it was and tried rebooting. Same error message.

    So, I plug in the old drive I just swapped out into a USB port and tried to boot from it through BIOS, and surprise, Windows starts up normally.

    The only thing I can find in disk management is that the OS indeed resides on C: drive, but there's an OEM Partition for some reason on the old E: drive that I'm trying to replace. Could that be the cause of these problems?

    I didn't think swapping out a smaller, non-OS drive would be this difficult but it's stymied me.

    Any suggestions?
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  2.    29 May 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 56
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Hello. Have you tried telling BIOS to boot from your C drive?
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  3.    29 May 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Posts : 6,790
    All kinds

    It's possible that during windows installation part of it is also on second drive. That OEM partition on second drive makes me think of that and also symptoms you describe.
    A place to start: Startup Repair - Run in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  4.    29 May 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,580
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    get your PC to boot into windows with whatever you have to..

    What is the size of the OEM partition on drive E ??

    And how many partitions are on drive E ??

    Do you know if your PC is booting in BIOS Mode or UEFI mode ??

    you can RUN system information to find out.. > "C:\Windows\system32\msinfo32.exe"

    Can you post a picture of Disk Management
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