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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 4
    Win10-32bit
       12 Aug 2015 #1

    Main SDD won't boot without secondary HDD


    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?
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  2. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 393
    10 pro 64 clean install
       12 Aug 2015 #2

    Why not do a clean install and only have the drive you want windows to be installed on
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 4
    Win10-32bit
       12 Aug 2015 #3

    because thats a lot of customized settings i would have to redo

    I found a possible reason / solution

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/42...n7-boots-drive
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  4. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,309
    win 10 Insider
       12 Aug 2015 #4

    That certainly sounds like your problem, alright.

    I know what I would do, but all these fixes carry some risk! I use Macrium Reflect and I would use its CD boot disk to fix the booting problems. I would disconnect the old drive then boot to the Macrium boot cd and tell it to fix boot problems. This boot fixer has worked well for me in the past.

    The posts you pointed to are basically doing this but with the win 7 install disk.

    However you sort it, good luck. Let's know how you get on.
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  5. Joined : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,288
    Win 10 Pro x64
       12 Aug 2015 #5

    dragonash said: View Post
    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?
    Your boot partition resides on the other drive. There should be a tutorial here about building a boot partition. Go to the tutorial page.
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 243
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
       12 Aug 2015 #6

    I remember having similar scenarios with 7, going from dual boots to single or changing the system drive. The easy solution was to disconnect the unwanted boot drive. Boot from the Win 7 DVD, choose repair and it would setup the system drive to boot in a few seconds.

    Not sure if the repair options in 10 work in quite the same manner.
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  7. Joined : Mar 2014
    Cape Breton Nova Scotia ,Canada
    Posts : 2,908
    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64
       12 Aug 2015 #7

    Nus said: View Post
    I remember having similar scenarios with 7, going from dual boots to single or changing the system drive. The easy solution was to disconnect the unwanted boot drive. Boot from the Win 7 DVD, choose repair and it would setup the system drive to boot in a few seconds.

    Not sure if the repair options in 10 work in quite the same manner.
    this worked for me ,when i was duel booting a ssd with win8 and spin drive with win10, i formated win 10 drive ,and had same boot problem, i booted to my win8 dvd and ran the repair and it fixed the mbr
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  8. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,334
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       12 Aug 2015 #8

    badrobot said: View Post
    Your boot partition resides on the other drive. There should be a tutorial here about building a boot partition. Go to the tutorial page.
    I thought there was too but I can't find it.
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  9. Joined : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,288
    Win 10 Pro x64
       12 Aug 2015 #9

    Ztruker said: View Post
    I thought there was too but I can't find it.
    Oh... maybe it's in Eight Forums. It should be the same.
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  10. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,334
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       12 Aug 2015 #10

    Can't find it there either. I see one in sevenforums.

    Basically it involves using EasyBCD to move the boot files from System Reserved to C:. Not sure how you tell EasyBCD to move from EFI to C:.
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