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Windows 8 with multiple hard drives

  1. #1


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    Windows 7

    Windows 8 with multiple hard drives


    Hi.

    I just tried installing Windows 8 on my HP Elitebook 8440p. I have an extra hard drive instead of a CD drive in the upgrade bay (only used for data, the OS is on the standard internal HD which is partioned in three parts). First I got the well-documented we can't find a partition bla bla bla error". I tried swapping the extra hard drive for the standard cd drive. Now Win8 installed like a charm and I have the dual booting and all is well. I turned the laptop off and swapped the extra hard drive back. Now Win8 will not start! Fortunately the laptop automatically booted Win7 with no problems.

    I find this rather odd. Any bright ideas? Does Win8 only work with a single hard drive. I find all this rather backwards.

    Hopefully someone out there can enlighten me.

    Thomas

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


    Make sure the OS HD Drive is first boot in BIOS.

    Than try doing a refresh
    Refresh Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 7


    Many thanks for the input.

    The drive is first boot. When I try to do the Refresh Win8, it tells me that the drive is locked. Strange...

    Thomas
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Windows 8 with multiple hard drives
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