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Win 8 installed on 2 drives

  1. #1


    Leeds, UK
    Posts : 9
    windows 8

    Win 8 installed on 2 drives


    I did a clean install of win 8 on the main drive C; I alsohave another (partitioned) hard drive which I use for storage etc. The OSinstalled with no problems but I did notice that the 1st partitionon the 2nd drive had lost its drive letter, so I gave it another.After spending a week loading all my software and having a good play I decidedto create a system backup. The default drives to backup included the renamedpartition on the 2nd drive, and the backup file size was in excessof 100 Gigs. I disconnected the second drive to see if win 8 would still start,it will only load if I select windows 7 and then defaults to the old windows 7style F8 startup. Win 8 still seems to run ok when loaded. Iíve tried runningthe repair disk but it canít repair it.
    Is there a way around this, can I re-install win 8 as anupgrade so I keep all my software (keeping the 2nd drive disconnectedduring install), or do I have to put up with starting in win 7 mode.
    Regards.


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  2. #2


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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  3. #3


    Leeds, UK
    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    Since posting I've read this Unnecessary dual boot screen and num lock always on I've changed things around in the bios but it still will not repair, the screen shot shows the C drive as 1 instead of 0 ? J drive was active.
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    Physically disconnect the J: D: HD Drive.
    Make the Windows 8 HDD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata port on the MOBO.
    Than do a Auto Repair first,

    How to do a Auto Repair:
    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
    Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
    Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Forums



    When Windows is booting OK, replace J: D: HD Drive back in, as Disk 1.
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  5. #5


    Leeds, UK
    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    Thanks theog but it didn't work. The only question now is do I do a fresh install or re-install and try and keep all my software, after first disconnecting all drives except the target drive.
    Will refresh do the same?
    Regards.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    How to do a Refresh:
    Refresh Windows 8

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  7. #7


    Leeds, UK
    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    Just completed a clean install, re-connected all drives and all ok.
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  8. #8


    Leeds, UK
    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    The suggested remedy didn't work but I no longer have a problem because of the clean install, do I mark this thread "solved"
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