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Making an SSD the primary boot device?

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    Making an SSD the primary boot device?


    I have a dell xps desktop. It came with a standard HDD with windows 10. I added an SSD when I bought it and have used that for the OS and applications, I was able to set it to boot to that drive, I formatted the HDD that came with the computer and used it as storage. This has been the case for around 3 months. Yesterday, the storage drive (the one that came with the OS and whatnot) was wiped with killdisk, not just re-formatted. Once the kill disk was completed I was still using the internet as usual with the SSD, since I had it as primary. I noticed I didn't see the storage drive listed under computer, so I rebooted. Now, It wouldn't boot to the ssd because I assume the original HDD has the boot manager on it, but the whole disk was zero'd. I installed 8.1 onto the HDD. I can now see my 224gb SSD in disk management. I just want to know how to make the ssd the
    exclusive drive that runs the os, boot manager etc on this computer. Here is a pic of my disk managemClick image for larger versionent screen

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    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro


    This used to be a helpful forum. How can no one have any experience with this?
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Remove (unplug) the HDD

    Insert your setup media for the OS on the SSD

    Reboot into the Setup Media - Do Not Select INSTALL
    Select Repair This Computer
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike6623 View Post
    This used to be a helpful forum. How can no one have any experience with this?
    When you do something that most of us would NEVER do, it's kind of hard to tell you what to do next.

    When I got my first SSD, I just cloned my old SATA III drive to my new SSD and then unplugged my old drive and plugged the new SSD into port "0" (port zero) on the motherboard and the SSD took over as my main hard drive. Nothing could be simpler and less complicated.

    In my wildest dreams, I can't see why some folks make something so difficult out of something so very simple.
    I've been using "Ghost" to clone old drives to new ones since 1997. Why would I ever want to do anything else?

    With my SSD acting as the OS + DATA, drive, any other drive I plug in, regardless of whether it has an OS on it or not, it becomes a slave drive, which I might use for storage, data backup, etc. Most of the time, my extra drives don't even get plugged in, unless I'm writing something to them. Having extra drives connected, can slow down both boot up and shutdown procedures. And some AV or AS scanners, will insist on scanning every drive that's active on the system, thus greatly increasing scan times. That's just a huge waste of time and electricity.
    I pride myself on having a lean, clean and mean PC, that boots up fast, runs like a scalded cat, and shuts down in just five seconds.
    Having just one active drive, an SSD, assures that.

    So, K.I.S.S........ (keep it simple stupid!)

    TechnoMage

    PS: Sorry if this wasn't the answer you were looking for, but it's the best I could do on short notice.
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