Windows 10: PC won't boot unless an empty HDD is connected Solved

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  1.    28 Feb 2018 #11

    Your Windows (C: partition) is on one disk and BOOT and EFI partitions are one another. Effectively, you are booting from disk 1 and running Widows of Disk 0. That's pretty mixed up if you ask me.
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  2. Posts : 18,565
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       28 Feb 2018 #12

    Backup all important files on both drives to another drive.
    Attempt to make a backup image using Macrium:
    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free
    If you can make a backup image that will be the easiest method to save and move files.
    Unfortunately Macrium could display error codes preventing the backup.
    If you can use a backup image or backup all files then you can run the drives until they are dead.
    Performance will likely suffer.
    If you are able to it would be best to replace the drives at your earliest convenience.
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    W10 Pro x64 (16299)
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       28 Feb 2018 #13

    CountMike said: View Post
    Your Windows (C: partition) is on one disk and BOOT and EFI partitions are one another. Effectively, you are booting from disk 1 and running Widows of Disk 0. That's pretty mixed up if you ask me.
    Yeah, I guess I'll make sure only one HDD is connected when I reinstall Windows.

    zbook said: View Post
    Backup all important files on both drives to another drive.
    Attempt to make a backup image using Macrium:
    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free
    If you can make a backup image that will be the easiest method to save and move files.
    Unfortunately Macrium could display error codes preventing the backup.
    If you can use a backup image or backup all files then you can run the drives until they are dead.
    Performance will likely suffer.
    If you are able to it would be best to replace the drives at your earliest convenience.
    Okay, I can't do this at the moment, but I will do so the earliest I can.

    I guess from what I learned from this thread:

    • My hard drives are dying, and should be replaced
    • I should only have one HDD connected when reinstalling Windows. So everything will only be installed there.

    I'll take action based on your replies when I get to do so. Thanks everyone for the help! I really appreciate it!
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