Thank you everybody! Looks like my solution is to remove the drive, format it, then reinstall it. No big deal I guess since I have everything on the drive backed up.
I kind of like the idea of storing it. Get another for data or whatever. And, hang on to the original. Who knows? You might be glad you have it when push comes to shove. You are welcome for my feeble support. Good luck on however you decide to proceed.
This has been really frustrating. I have never had this much trouble just installing a second hard drive. I formatted the original drive but kept the recovery partition and the EFI partition. Put it back in the laptop and it would not boot. It would keep trying to auto repair itself. I just ran the restore utility again, but I have no clue what drive it is installing the OS to.
Last edited by mikekoz; 26 Feb 2013 at 07:32.
Dude, either change the boot priority or format the entire drive.
I trust you understand what the boot priority does and that it won't boot from a drive if you tell it not to regardless of whether it's bootable or not?
I get that you want to keep the other partitions so that you can restore later, so why not create an backup image of the drive then format it completely if you simply refuse to loose that data, which shouldn't be too hard to get back if restoration disks are created.
I'm doubtful that changing from UEFI to legacy will affect the boot priority and whoever suggested it clearly hasn't done what you're trying to do before.
I have done exactly what you're trying to do without issue; create a backup of the original drive then format it completely. Easy, simple, works.
This should be easy and simple as I have done this before with no problems on other systems. I did format the original drive and I have the restore disks, but disk 6 has an issue, and HP will not let me recreate them . You cannot change the boot priority between the two hard drives, there is no BIOS option for that. Last night I could not get the original OS on it from the restore disks and I gave up. I have a copy of Windows 8 Pro that I had on another PC. That other PC now has 7 back on it. I try to install it, but this new laptop has the OEM serial of Windows 8 Home embedded on the system board and I got an error while trying to install Pro stating that the serial could not be located. I did not realize companies like HP were were doing this, and this really ticks me off. After a Google search, I was able to resolve this. Windows 8 Pro installed fine, but now it will not activate because MS thinks it is still installed on my other laptop (No wonder why people pirate software!). So now I guess I have to contact them to get it activated. This morning, I reconnected the other drive (the original one I formatted) and restarted the laptop. Worked great...until I restarted again, and now it is giving the same error it was before stating a device isn't connected or cannot be accessed (Error code 0xc0000225). Booting from the Windows 8 disk and running the repair option is supposed to fix this but it does not.
Last edited by mikekoz; 26 Feb 2013 at 07:34.
I think what I am going to have to do is just blow away every partition on the original drive that I am trying to use as a secondary except for the drive with the restore files on it. Will have to use diskpart to delete the EFI and recovery partition. I will then put the drive back into my new laptop unpartitioned and unformatted and just set it up from there. If you see a mushroom cloud on the horizon this evening towards the eastern part of the US, that will be me destroying my laptop!!
I have had it with this. Apparently the PC gods do not want me to have this configuration, so I give up. Something that should have taken me 15 minutes has now cost me a few days of enjoying my new laptop. I am just going to stick the original hard drive back in it and use it as it was originally. I am actually pretty disgusted with the way HP and Microsoft have seemingly locked down this system to make it this difficult to reconfigure.
I finally got this resolved by purchasing another drive and just putting the original drive aside as somebody else here suggested. I also had to install my copy of Windows 8 Pro as the restore option would not work. The last time I tried this it worked, but it would not activate. This time it did! I think the problem I had is how the original drive was formatted. I believe the system attempts to boot off of this drive regardless what drive bay it is put in, but when it does not find an OS, you get the error I was experiencing. It probably would have worked if I was able to delete the two hidden volumes on it. I also had to enable legacy boot support so I could install Windows 8 pro from the USB drive I have it on. Thank you to everybody for your help!