Main SDD won't boot without secondary HDD

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  1. Posts : 4
    Win10-32bit
    Thread Starter
       #11

    Well, since this was a win 7 to win 10 upgrade, the boot CD just wouldn't work properly.
    I had to downgrade back to win 7 (it was very quick actually) and then run the disk repair which solved everything.
    I just now upgraded back to Win 10
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  2. Posts : 561
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate
       #12

    dragonash said:
    So this interesting.
    I wanted to make an image of my machine since upgrading to Windows 10 and saw it kept on including my secondary drive (which has over 600 gigs of movies). I am not able to uncheck it.

    So I figured what the hell and disconnected the drive.
    My box will not boot without the drive!

    I just built this machine back in December and I used a 500GB SSD for my main drive, while I have 2 regular HDD's for storage and movies.

    I turned off, "hide protected operating system files" and found the folders "Boot, Recovery, System Volume information and $Recycle Bin" all showing up!

    I have no idea how this drive got dragged into the install, but I certainly do not want my main drive depending on it to boot. It just makes no sense.

    I don't want to change ownership of the files and delete then manually either since I have a strong feeling it will kill my system.

    Does anyone know how to go about "unlinking" these 2 drives?
    Sounds like your Windows 10 install is depending on one of your HDDs for it's boot image, that happened to me for my Windows 8 system, which is linked to a 320gb IDE drive. Best thing to do is remove all drives but the SSD drive, and do a reinstall. I made the mistake of leaving all of my drives in when I installed Windows 8 to that system, so the Windows 7 drive holds the boot entries for my Win 8 partition as well as the partition with 7 on it.

    There was a command line under Windows 8 that could rebuild the boot sector onto the same drive, but it's deep in the EightForums Tutorials section, might be searchable though.
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #13

    Hey, I am facing same problems like OP.

    Cannot use Windows 10 after removing my old hard drive and windows only likes to boots with that drive in ! Any solution ?
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  4. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #14

    gajrajgchouhan said:
    Hey, I am facing same problems like OP.

    Cannot use Windows 10 after removing my old hard drive and windows only likes to boots with that drive in ! Any solution ?
    Post a screen shot of the Disk Management then we'll go from there. Should be easy to fix:
    Screenshot - Take in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  5. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #15

    topgundcp said:
    Post a screen shot of the Disk Management then we'll go from there. Should be easy to fix:
    Screenshot - Take in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  6. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #16

    Hey, I just solved it !

    Check out this thread : System Reserved partition on wrong drive - how do I move it? - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Just do this -

    Open a command prompt as admin, then type the following:

    bcdboot C:\windows /s C:

    Hit Enter.

    This command places boot files on the C: partition which is your windows.
    Make your partition active, and you are done !
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  7. Posts : 17,281
    Windows 11 Pro
       #17

    gajrajgchouhan said:
    Ummm..... wow. What partitioning software did you use? Right now Disk 1 is the only drive you can use to install and boot Windows from because Drive 0 is a dynamic disk with absolute nightmare partitioning!

    And Drive 1 has almost 700GB of space that you are not using as well.
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  8. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #18

    NavyLCDR said:
    Ummm..... wow. What partitioning software did you use? Right now Disk 1 is the only drive you can use to install and boot Windows from because Drive 0 is a dynamic disk with absolute nightmare partitioning!

    And Drive 1 has almost 700GB of space that you are not using as well.
    Yeah, I know I was never good at partioning anyway
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  9. Posts : 17,281
    Windows 11 Pro
       #19

    gajrajgchouhan said:
    Yeah, I know I was never good at partioning anyway
    So, is your problem solved now?
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