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Dual hard drive setup

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    Dual hard drive setup


    I just picked up a new HP Envy DV7-7259nr. The laptop has two drive bays and I just added a SSD drive. I installed the drive in the primary hard drive bay, and moved the SATA drive to the secondary one. I made no changes to that drive. I installed Windows 8 using the HP restore disks that I created. I need to create another set, but I will open a separate thread for that. I had some issues with the restore set, but was able to finally get Windows 8 installed on the SSD. The other drive was not connected while I did this. Everything worked fine until I re-connected the SATA drive. Now the laptop is booting from it instead of the SSD. I cannot seem to find any information anywhere on how to make the laptop boot from the primary drive. I thought it would do that by default! There is no options in the BIOS to alter this, so I was looking for something to edit in Win8 to make this happen. I cannot change the drive letter of the boot drive in Disk Manager. I suppose if I just took the second drive out of the system and just formatted it that would work, but I would realy like to keep it as is for the time being. Has anybody else tried to have a setup like this? Any and all help would be appreciated!

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    Is your BIOS mode UEFI or legacy? Whichever, apparently you are able to get to your BIOS. When there, are you unable to access your boot menu? What happens when you try to access your boot menu using an F-key? Consider trying to boot to the startup options menu (Startup Options Menu - Boot to in Windows 8), and seeing if you can boot to the SSD from there. Also, consider this tutorial: Startup Options - Choose a Default OS to Run at Startup in Windows 8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikekoz
    I cannot change the drive letter of the boot drive in Disk Manager. I suppose if I just took the second drive out of the system and just formatted it that would work, but I would realy like to keep it as is for the time being. Has anybody else tried to have a setup like this? Any and all help would be appreciated!
    Pack the HDD in a box ,& store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mikekoz
    I cannot change the drive letter of the boot drive in Disk Manager. I suppose if I just took the second drive out of the system and just formatted it that would work, but I would realy like to keep it as is for the time being. Has anybody else tried to have a setup like this? Any and all help would be appreciated!
    Pack the HDD in a box ,& store.
    What do you mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Is your BIOS mode UEFI or legacy? Whichever, apparently you are able to get to your BIOS. When there, are you unable to access your boot menu? What happens when you try to access your boot menu using an F-key? Consider trying to boot to the startup options menu (Startup Options Menu - Boot to in Windows 8), and seeing if you can boot to the SSD from there. Also, consider this tutorial: Startup Options - Choose a Default OS to Run at Startup in Windows 8.

    Thanks, but that did not resolve the issue! BIOS is set to UEFI, but can be changed to legacy. The legacy option shows the internal hard drive as a boot option. UEFI does not, and lists HP Boot Manager as the first choice. Neither one shows the second drive. PC Settings in Win8 does not see the other drive as an another OS to boot from. Hitting F9 at startup also does not give me the option to choose drives.
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    Deactivate the active partition on the second drive. You may need the bootable CD of Partition Wizard for that - unless you can boot into your SSD system somehow. Or do it on another system. Take the HDD out and attach it with a caddy via USB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Deactivate the active partition on the second drive. You may need the bootable CD of Partition Wizard for that - unless you can boot into your SSD system somehow. Or do it on another system. Take the HDD out and attach it with a caddy via USB.
    There is no active partition with UEFI/GPT setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Deactivate the active partition on the second drive. You may need the bootable CD of Partition Wizard for that - unless you can boot into your SSD system somehow. Or do it on another system. Take the HDD out and attach it with a caddy via USB.
    There is no active partition with UEFI/GPT setup.
    But can't he change it to legacy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Deactivate the active partition on the second drive. You may need the bootable CD of Partition Wizard for that - unless you can boot into your SSD system somehow. Or do it on another system. Take the HDD out and attach it with a caddy via USB.
    There is no active partition with UEFI/GPT setup.
    But can't he change it to legacy.
    That would be a clean install, not using the HP Recovery Patition or Disc's, & a BIOS reset,
    or wiping the HDD drive.
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    Hmm, can't win I guess. This EFI is going to give a lot of problems.
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