Boot error w/ replacing 500GB internal secondary drive?

  1.    29 May 2016 #1

    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

    Hello. Have you tried telling BIOS to boot from your C drive?
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  3.    29 May 2016 #3

    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

    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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