HDD starts being used by windows instead of my SSD after hibernation

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  1. Posts : 12
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    HDD starts being used by windows instead of my SSD after hibernation


    Hello, i'm having a very annoying problem with my windows installation. My windows is installed in an SSD (when i installed windows i made sure it was the only disk connected at the time) but everytime i get back from hibernation (i have a lot stuff opened so it's really helpful to put the pc into this mode) he starts using the HDD for everything windows related which slows down my experience so much i have to restart to get it to work again. This issue makes hibernation not viable and its affecting my productivity. What can i do to fix this?
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  2. bro67's Avatar
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    Sounds like you have windows installed on both drives. What does it show for partition info when you use Speccy and Computer Management for Disk Info.
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  3. Posts : 12
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    I've added the Speccy info and Disk info as an attachment.
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  4. Wynona's Avatar
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    xlar8or said:
    Hello, i'm having a very annoying problem with my windows installation. My windows is installed in an SSD (when i installed windows i made sure it was the only disk connected at the time) but everytime i get back from hibernation (i have a lot stuff opened so it's really helpful to put the pc into this mode) he starts using the HDD for everything windows related which slows down my experience so much i have to restart to get it to work again. This issue makes hibernation not viable and its affecting my productivity. What can i do to fix this?
    The first thing that popped into my mind is that the drives may be connected wrong.

    When you added the SSD, did you plug it into an open SATA connector, or did you unplug the original HDD and plug the SSD into its place?

    On my motherboard, I have SATA 0, SATA 1, SATA 2, and SATA 3. Ideally, the SSD should be plugged into SATA 0 and the HDD should be plugged into SATA 1.

    Of course, this is just a WAG . . . It could be that Windows was previously installed on your HDD and, for whatever reason, is reverting to that when waking up from hibernation.
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  5. Posts : 12
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    I think my SSD is installed in SATA port 7 and HDD in SATA port 8. I believe i've never installed windows on the HDD, but it might be because of the SATA port configuration.
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  6. Wynona's Avatar
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    xlar8or said:
    I think my SSD is installed in SATA port 7 and HDD in SATA port 8. I believe i've never installed windows on the HDD, but it might be because of the SATA port configuration.
    Changing the SATA ports to 0 and 1 is worth a try. Is there anything on ports 0 and 1?

    Also, you might try clicking on Start>File Explorer: Then under This PC, click on each individual drive letter:

    HDD starts being used by windows instead of my SSD after hibernation-sata.png

    These are mine; just ignore the External drive and a USB Drive that are also connected (or any you might have connected).

    C:\ should show something like this, which lets you know Windows is installed on it:

    HDD starts being used by windows instead of my SSD after hibernation-windows.png

    D:\ should show something like this if you have Windows installed; however, since it's not the active drive, it won't show the same as C:\ did.

    HDD starts being used by windows instead of my SSD after hibernation-windows-d.png

    Note the last two lines . . . those show me that I have Windows installed. Note: My system is dual boot.

    I hope I haven't "talked down" to you, since I don't know how experienced you are. :)
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  7. EdTittel's Avatar
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    Clearly, Disk Mgmt shows Disk 0 as the boot drive. If that's not what you want from your system, a boot repair may be called for. You could disconnect Disk 0, then boot from a repair disk or a bootable install disk for your current Win10 version from Disk 1. Then you can run the disk repair operations and see if that fixes things so you boot from Disk 1 (which lacks the necessary EFI and boot-up partitions at present, but these should be created as part of your boot/startup repair operations).

    OTOH, I've personally had great luck with boot/startup repairs using the Macrium rescue disk and electing its "Fix Windows Boot Problems" option. Good info on this at v5: How to fix Windows boot problems (Restore, Windows PE)
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    If that doesn't work, Dell has a nice tutorial on how to rebuild the entire boot environment from scratch: How to repair the EFI bootloader on a GPT HDD for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 on your Dell PC | Dell US
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    HTH,
    --Ed-
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  8. Posts : 12
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    Thread Starter
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    Disk 0 is the SSD so that's fine, i don't know why windows uses Disk 1 after hibernation.
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  9. Wynona's Avatar
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    xlar8or said:
    Disk 0 is the SSD so that's fine, i don't know why windows uses Disk 1 after hibernation.
    Did you check to see if Disk 1 (the HDD) has Windows installed on it? If you've changed the connections to Disk 0 and 1 and it's still doing it, then you need to investigate what's on the second disk (HDD).
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  10. Posts : 12
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    Yes i checked, no windows folders whatsoever in Disk 1 and i've always installed my windows in SSD.
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