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Boot error after removing non boot drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 49
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Boot error after removing non boot drive


    Hello all

    I'm running Win 8 Pro which is installed on my SSD and I need to remove my secondary drive and connect it to another PC. When I do this, I get a boot error. I have no idea why an error shows up especially when it is not a boot drive.

    Error and My Disk Management information is attached as an image to this message. C: is the SSD and K: is my PATA drive which I want to move.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails boot_error_status_0xC000000E.png   par t info.png  

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  2. #2


    USA
    Posts : 79
    Windows 8


    Because it's still listed as the system active partition.

    It needs to read like your E: Drive only saying primary partition for it not to be needed to boot.

    Download easybcd and select bcd backup/repair from the left and choose change boot drive, perform action and choose your c: drive that should fix everything and when you reboot active and system should get removed from K:
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  3. #3


    It looks like part of you System Partition is on K instead of being in System Reserved. I also noticed that your System Reserved partition is missing the System identifier and is only 100mb whereas I normally see 350mb there. Did you do an install without a reformat or is this the results of an upgrade? See mine for a comparison:

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  4. #4


    Just a reminder that your targeted "new" system partition is only 100mb and that sizing appears to be left over from a previous OS. Given that mine was created (and sized) by Win 8 during a clean install, and currently uses 159mbs, yours is only 100mb, so who knows what complications might arise from that under-sizing... maybe none (I hope). Good luck.
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  5. #5


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


    Physically disconnect the Disk 0 & 1 HD Drive.
    Make the Windows 8 SSD, 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 Support Forums
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  6. #6


    Posts : 49
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Physically disconnect the Disk 0 & 1 HD Drive.
    Make the Windows 8 SSD, 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 Support Forums
    This worked. Thank you. However when my old PATA drive is connected it shows up as Active Primary Partition. Is this a probem?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 49
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by norepli View Post
    It looks like part of you System Partition is on K instead of being in System Reserved. I also noticed that your System Reserved partition is missing the System identifier and is only 100mb whereas I normally see 350mb there. Did you do an install without a reformat or is this the results of an upgrade? See mine for a comparison:

    Click image for larger versionClick image for larger version
    Yes I upgraded from Win 7 Pro to Win 8 Pro using the upgrade disks from MS. What system identifier are you referring to? My disks look the same like yours except that you have a 350MB partition instead of a 100MB partition.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by wildgoat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Physically disconnect the Disk 0 & 1 HD Drive.
    Make the Windows 8 SSD, 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 Support Forums
    This worked. Thank you. However when my old PATA drive is connected it shows up as Active Primary Partition. Is this a probem?
    make sure you mark the HD Drive INACTIVE:
    Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Support Forums
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  9. #9


    Posts : 49
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wildgoat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Physically disconnect the Disk 0 & 1 HD Drive.
    Make the Windows 8 SSD, 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 Support Forums
    This worked. Thank you. However when my old PATA drive is connected it shows up as Active Primary Partition. Is this a probem?
    make sure you mark the HD Drive INACTIVE:
    Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Support Forums
    Done. Thank you!
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