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Old HDD F:/ is listed as system and can't boot without it

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    Old HDD F:/ is listed as system and can't boot without it


    Hi Guys, any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Been running this system since 2010 win7 and upgraded to win 8.

    When I switched over to win 8 I also bought an ssd drive (C) and it seemed to be working fine ever since.

    I recently bought a couple 3TB drives and wanted to replace the old HDD (F), installed the drives, transferred all data off F and then shut down the pc. I took F out of the pc and it won't boot

    Going from loads of tutorials on here I found that F was listed as active and a system drive

    Any attempts at making it inactive and activating C resulted in nothing. I used my startup repair disc but there was no OS listed to repair??

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    Whenever C is active and F inactive, I've no options at all with startup repair

    Been trying to fix this for the past 6 hours, beginning to bang my head on the desk now!


    Let me know if there's any other info you need!

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    This is my hunch that when you install Windows 8, you did not set your SSD boot priority to be the first in BIOS, With normal Windows 8 installation, it will create a 350MB system reserved partition to store the Windows Boot Manager as shown below.

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    Since you did not do that. Windows installation will grab an active disk and put it there and treated as your reserved partition. In your case, it is drive F: and If you put F: drive back in, turn on to view hidden file, you would see the files and folder below:

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    So taking out the F: drive, there's is no boot manager to boot your Windows.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 11 Jun 2014 at 18:46.
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    Ahh that makes a lot of sense, can't believe I did it though doh!

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    Here's what I have as you said, have I got anyway of moving these to another drive or hopefully make a partition on C for them?
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    First you need to mark the SSD Active. Unplug all HD's except the SSD and use startup repair to see if it can add the boot manager to C:
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    I tried doing that earlier, the automatic repair couldn't see an OS, and when I clicked see more OS it restarted
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    Did you try repair my computer
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    Which option is that?

    I only have these options:

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    When I tried the refresh option I got told the drive was locked
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    are you using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 installation disk ? My win 8.1 has an option called Startup Repair

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    I was using the win 8 disc

    Just tried with a 8.1 USB, got this:

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    you can try from this link to see how it goes:
    Computer Tricks and Tips: How to repair/fix the booting problem in Windows 7 or 8?

    Good luck.
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