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How to boot from second int. HDD

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    How to boot from second int. HDD


    I have win 8 on my c drive and have cloned it to a new d drive. (used AOMEI backupper) I can see it in disk manager but when i try to boot to it the computer boots to the the c drive. In the boot menu in the bios i have the int. hdd in the first position but it does not distinguish between the original(WD) and the new (Seagate) drives. What moe do I need to do get it to boot from the second hdd?

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    Check BIOS again, there must be a section in which you can choose which particular drive to be first to boot. Other than that you can use: Download EasyBCD - MajorGeeks to set BOOT menu and boot to either disk.
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    When cloning a disk, the disk signature might also be cloned hence you might have disk signature collision (both disk with the same signature).
    Open device management and double check if the cloned disk is offline. If it is then use the link below to fix:
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    In some motherboards there are two SATA controllers with two sets of SATA ports, often distinguished by different colors of sockets on the motherboard. The second SATA controller may be configurable for SAS drives and require different drivers. If your motherboard has SATA sockets of different colors and the drive isn't being recognized on one set, try plugging it into one of the sockets of the other color to see if that helps. In others you just change the boot order.
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    I decided to start over so I reformatted the new Seagate drive and was able to install Zorin directly onto it. But when I look at the "This PC" folder I do not see the new drive. I can see it in Disk Management and Device Manager. I tried right clicking on it Disk Management to assign a letter but the option is grayed out.
    Eventually I want to use EasyBCD to dual boot so I think I will need to assign it a letter in order to do that.

    Thx for all your help so far!
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Erndog View Post
    I decided to start over so I reformatted the new Seagate drive and was able to install Zorin directly onto it. But when I look at the "This PC" folder I do not see the new drive. I can see it in Disk Management and Device Manager. I tried right clicking on it Disk Management to assign a letter but the option is grayed out.
    Eventually I want to use EasyBCD to dual boot so I think I will need to assign it a letter in order to do that.

    Thx for all your help so far!
    Windows can't see GNU/Linux(ext.2,ext.4...etc) partitions, so the disk wiil show up in device manager and disk management, but the partitions will not show up in File Explorer. There are third party programs you can get that will read unix based Partitions. See here at how-to-geek.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erndog View Post
    I decided to start over so I reformatted the new Seagate drive and was able to install Zorin directly onto it. But when I look at the "This PC" folder I do not see the new drive. I can see it in Disk Management and Device Manager. I tried right clicking on it Disk Management to assign a letter but the option is grayed out.
    Eventually I want to use EasyBCD to dual boot so I think I will need to assign it a letter in order to do that.

    Thx for all your help so far!
    Best to do it one disk at the time with other disconnected, than install EasyBCD on each in turn and mark the other as second choice. That way when ever you BOOT from the BIOS, you'll have BOOT menu. That's how I do it, no mixing of BOOT parts and each one can have OS of it's own and work independently even if one is unbootable. Couple of live Linuxes on USBs and I'm prepared for every eventuality.
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    I have it set up with Win8 on one HDD and Zorin on a seperate HDD. When I turn on my computer it boots to Win8 but before it gets to the Start Page I can hold down the shift key and hit Restart which send me to a page where I can pick the HDD with Zorin. If I'm in Zorin and I want to go back to Win8, I just hit restart and it boots back to Win8.
    It seems to be working ok so far. I thought by using Easybcd I could eliminate some of the steps but I couldn't figure out how to get it set up. I tried setting it up on the Win8 side but it would not recognize the HDD that had Zorin on it. I tried downloading it on the Zorin side but could not find a Linux version of Easybcd.
    Any suggestion to make switching back and forth easier would be appreciated, othewise so far so good.
    Thanks for your past and future help.
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    Most computers have an F button to let you choose which device to boot from, it's F12 on mine. It doesn't change anything forever, just for that one instance.
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    check the system settings as it appears win8 is set as default - but make sure the time to display is checked
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