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Solved Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media


Death

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#1
My PC is a custom build with a 1TB HDD.

Today, I removed a hard drive from my PC, containing Windows 7 which wasn't being used at all. The HDD in my PC currently has Windows 8 installed. It booted from Windows 8, so I'm guessing it was the primary boot device.

I installed the hard drive into my other PC and it doesn't work on there because of different hardware apparently, probably because of the change from AMD to Intel. But that's beside the point..

I don't know what to do, help! :s

EDIT 2: SOLVED THANKS TO Ztruker!
EDIT: Turns out, without the old hard drive installed, it doesn't work. I can use my PC now that I put it back.. it has Ubuntu and Windows 7 only, why does my Windows 8 need this old HDD to work?!
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit & Linux Mint 18
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom built
    CPU
    AMD Phenom X4 975 3.6GHz 64-Bit
    Motherboard
    ASRock 970 Extreme3
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 4x2GB 1600 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI R9 380
    Sound Card
    Asus Xonar DG
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2340M 23" IPS
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB

    HDD: 1TB Western Digital WD1002FAEX; 7200 RPM SATA3 64MB cache

    SSD (2): Sandisk 120GB SSD Plus

    HDD (2): WD Blue 1TB, 2017
    PSU
    Corsair CX500
    Case
    Antec 300 LED
    Cooling
    Hyper 212 EVO w/ Noctua
    Keyboard
    AZIO MGK1
    Mouse
    Logitech G700s
    Internet Speed
    2 MB
    Browser
    Firefox & Chrome
    Antivirus
    Learned decision making skills

Ztruker

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#2
The old hard drive probably contains the boot files and is set as the Active drive. Post a screen shot of a full screen Disk Management window please.

Boot up with the old drive in.
Open Disk Management and set the Windows 8 drive as Active.
Shutdown and remove the old drive.
Boot your Win 8 install DVD or flash drive.
Run Automatic Startup Repair up to 3 times.

That should fix it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP h2207
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
    1.5TB Seagate ST3150041AS SATA
    PSU
    500W
    Keyboard
    Wired USB
    Mouse
    Wired USB
    Internet Speed
    3GB Up, 30GB Down
    Browser
    SeaMonkey
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender; MBAM Pro
    Other Info
    UEFI/GPT
    PLDS DVD-RW DH16AERSH

Death

New Member
Posts
27
#3
The old hard drive probably contains the boot files and is set as the Active drive. Post a screen shot of a full screen Disk Management window please.

Boot up with the old drive in.
Open Disk Management and set the Windows 8 drive as Active.
Shutdown and remove the old drive.
Boot your Win 8 install DVD or flash drive.
Run Automatic Startup Repair up to 3 times.

That should fix it.
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I will do what you said to do now, thanks.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit & Linux Mint 18
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom built
    CPU
    AMD Phenom X4 975 3.6GHz 64-Bit
    Motherboard
    ASRock 970 Extreme3
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 4x2GB 1600 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI R9 380
    Sound Card
    Asus Xonar DG
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2340M 23" IPS
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB

    HDD: 1TB Western Digital WD1002FAEX; 7200 RPM SATA3 64MB cache

    SSD (2): Sandisk 120GB SSD Plus

    HDD (2): WD Blue 1TB, 2017
    PSU
    Corsair CX500
    Case
    Antec 300 LED
    Cooling
    Hyper 212 EVO w/ Noctua
    Keyboard
    AZIO MGK1
    Mouse
    Logitech G700s
    Internet Speed
    2 MB
    Browser
    Firefox & Chrome
    Antivirus
    Learned decision making skills

Death

New Member
Posts
27
#5
The old hard drive probably contains the boot files and is set as the Active drive. Post a screen shot of a full screen Disk Management window please.

Boot up with the old drive in.
Open Disk Management and set the Windows 8 drive as Active.
Shutdown and remove the old drive.
Boot your Win 8 install DVD or flash drive.
Run Automatic Startup Repair up to 3 times.

That should fix it.
Okay, I marked my partition as active and when I rebooted, I got the bad boot message. I simply got my Windows 8 disc and, with both hard drives in, used automatic repair. After that, I was free to take the old HDD with Windows 7 off with no hassle.

:D
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit & Linux Mint 18
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom built
    CPU
    AMD Phenom X4 975 3.6GHz 64-Bit
    Motherboard
    ASRock 970 Extreme3
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 4x2GB 1600 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI R9 380
    Sound Card
    Asus Xonar DG
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2340M 23" IPS
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB

    HDD: 1TB Western Digital WD1002FAEX; 7200 RPM SATA3 64MB cache

    SSD (2): Sandisk 120GB SSD Plus

    HDD (2): WD Blue 1TB, 2017
    PSU
    Corsair CX500
    Case
    Antec 300 LED
    Cooling
    Hyper 212 EVO w/ Noctua
    Keyboard
    AZIO MGK1
    Mouse
    Logitech G700s
    Internet Speed
    2 MB
    Browser
    Firefox & Chrome
    Antivirus
    Learned decision making skills